A dino-flower made me notice the campfires of gentle people
Another splendid article, Maura. I am always intrigued with the people in our world who sense how to connect with children "at their level." I don't like dichotomies, but I have sensed over the years that some people just don't have this particular kind of intelligence, and others immediately know what it takes to reach a child. I think we should name this kind of intelligence to fit into Gardner's scheme of multiple intelligences. Maybe we could call it something as simple as intergenerational intelligence? I personally find I don't care for people who just "dismiss" children, practicing old ideas like "they should be seen but not heard." Nothing brings more joy than really understanding and hearing a child. David, in your story, clearly has keen intergenerational intelligence.
And free lemonade, too!
Heartwarming! Ellie has such a good eye, and I loved every one of this stories. You’ve reminded me that posts don’t have to be lengthy to make an impact, and spreading kindness can be as simple as sharing a dinosaur or an ice cream cone.
A simple but beautiful story ❤️
Kindness…..so wonderful. The world needs more of it and the happiness and gratefulness it brings. Your piece is a gentle, but powerful reminder of that.
I could almost hear Ellie’s laughter and sense her delight as she discovered the dinosaurs in Dave’s yard! Thanks for sharing.