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Friday, September 9, 2011

Anything Can Happen: Possibilities and Louisa May Alcott

It is hard to let go of the limits we are used to feeling.  From early days of praise for staying inside the lines when coloring, to warnings that we must "be realistic" and more we learn to stifle our dreamings.  To at the very least... recognize that they are dreams.   But dreams can sometimes come true.  Even if they don't they can inspire us. Wishing may not make it so, but the things we do after dreaming might move us closer.

Consider this quote about dreams and aspirations by Louisa May Alcott [author of LITTLE WOMEN and others]:

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead."

Why not listen to Louisa and give it a shot with your kids this weekend?  Anything Can Happen Day, right???

Gather some poster paper [or large construction paper]. Grab some old magazines, crayons, glitter, glue, and miscellaneous stuff.  Have each child put their name on the paper and then fill the paper with images of what they would dream for this coming school year.  Maybe a bike, or a pet, or an "A" or a date, or , or, or, .....

Let their imaginations and dreams have free rein.  Do NOT limit them by what is or is not achievable.
Then post them where they can "look up and see their beauty."
While you're at it... make one for yourself too !
Anything Can Happen....

P.S.  Louisa May Alcott was the first women to register to vote in Concord, MA [1875]

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