It was equally entertaining as engaging for my friend and I to watch our sons play at the beach this past week.
Strategic planning is synonymous with forming groups, committees & counsels. Through collective efforts directives, objectives and outcomes are analyzed and scrutinized. From conceptualization to implementation projects, policies and proposals are deliberated and debated.
Yet sitting at the water’s edge we watched with inspired intrigue. Two of our three boys have exceptionalities, as well my friend’s children speak no English and my son speaks no French. Incredibly communication amongst the kids has always been effortless. The basis of ‘boy bilingualism’ appears to be the mutual understanding of the languages ‘Minecraft’ and ‘mischief’.
United in understanding the three communicated via creative collaboration. Their strategy as simple as their goal was clear, to the water the three were determined to drag, lift or lug the largest log possible.
Armed with only the mutual plan of ambition, the three dug, dragged, heaved and hauled, their tactic being that of trial and error.
Oblivious to the option of defeat with each attempt efforts increased as did the laughter which echoed. So focused on their task and the ensuing celebration of success the three were (to our amusement) completely unaware they had waded right into the water.
Many times adulthood requires us to be so driven we forget from the journey to share in its delights. For all we teach our children, the lessons they bestow back upon us are equal in their wisdom.
Michelle began writing in hopes of providing a fun yet informative manner in which to share allergy information. Her son Nolan since infancy has had eczema, asthma, multiple anaphylactic food allergies as well as multiple environmental allergies. Michelle's son also has autism, ADHD and a severe language delay. Michelle sees not disabilities but celebrates different abilities and sees the beauty found in thinking outside the box!
Jennifer Terry is a graphic designer/illustrator living in Denver, Colorado, USA. Her daughter, Lauren, is a middle school student, active in musical theatre, who also happens to have anaphylactic food allergies.
Inspired by Lauren Jennifer shares her whimsical art on the pages of these books, in an effort to help make learning about food allergies fun for children, parents, teachers and caregivers.