Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending Friends' School’s Annual Fund kick-off with our co-chairs and class captains at the home of Allison and John Shors. I enjoyed delightful company and delicious food and wine. As part of the event, our Director of Development, Caroline Landry, encouraged several of us to act out good and bad examples of Annual Fund calls. She had me playing the role of a pushy caller as well as a reluctant donor. With my theatre background, it was fun to veer off script and create new scenarios for the audience. It was a fun evening and got me in a playful mood.
So this week in Among Friends’, we’re going to play a game together. Your participation is strongly encouraged…
Some of you are likely familiar with the artist Sark. She is an acclaimed teacher and author on the subject of creativity who lives in the Bay Area. When I lead seminars with our Teacher Candidates on “Surviving Your First Year of Teaching”, I use this poster of Sark’s to help them think about why they are launching into a teaching life.
If it’s a little hard to read, here’s how it goes…
Be there. Say yes as often as possible. Let them bang on pots and pans.
If they’re crabby, put them in water. If they’re unlovable, love yourself.
Realize how important it is to be a child. Go to a movie theater in your pajamas.
Read books out loud with joy. Invent pleasures together.
Remember how really small they are. Giggle a lot. Surprise them.
Say no when necessary. Teach feelings. Heal your own inner child.
Learn about parenting. Hug trees together.
Make loving safe. Bake a cake and eat it with no hands.
Go find elephants and kiss them. Plan to build a rocketship.
Imagine yourself magic. Make lots of forts with blankets.
Let your angel fly. Reveal your own dreams. Search out the positive.
Keep the gleam in your eye. Mail letters to God. Encourage silly.
Plant licorice in your garden. Open up. Stop yelling. Express your love. A lot.
Speak kindly. Paint their tennis shoes. Handle with caring.
Children are miraculous.
So now to the game: What do you do to really love your child? Add your own ways in the comment section below or simply e-mail me and I will collect responses and together we’ll create a Friends’ School version of Sark’s poster.
Are you game?