Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Age of Endless Possibilities

Last night our park district had a night skate program at a local park.  The girls and I ice skated for nearly two hours under the floodlights.  It was so much fun.  One of their friends came a bit later and just lit up the ice.  She skates competitively, so she is on the ice six to ten hours a week and takes two private lessons each week.  It really shows.  She was showing the girls her latest spins and footwork.  They were mesmerized.

Of course, on the way home from skating, they decided they wanted to drop out of everything and just take ice skating lessons. 

One of the great things about being seven is that they are at the age of endless possibilities.  No one has told them that they are too tall to be gymnasts or they are not disciplined enough to be prima ballerinas.  They believe they can be concert pianists and astronauts at the same time.

And, why not?  At seven you start to see all your options without realizing that there might be limitations.  You know that someone designed the building, but don't realize the amount of math and creativity it takes to be an architect. 

It's a fabulous age for them.  We like watching them discover new possibilities and encourage them to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.  Soon enough they will discover that endless possibilities have real limitations.  For now they should just explore and enjoy.

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