Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Honorable Mention: The Smell of Success

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
~Henry Ford


Questions have always been part of the curriculum.
The preschool children gather around when they hear me randomly asking them questions in a small group.
They know this also means they can be silly but most of the time they have pensive, thoughtful looks on their faces….so I hold my reactions until I get home.
Every now and then I'll ask an abstract question. Something one one can really answer. Then again...when kids answer it, sometimes....it makes sense....scary.
I asked them what ‘success’ smelled like. I heard adults talk about it in such ways…even as if it has a color. I would like to get a preschoolers opinion on the matter.
This is what the preschoolers said:
“It smells like bacon…unless-ed you burn it…and my daddy always does.”
“Shampoo. The good kind my mommy uses. She so pretty.”
“Oh…I know this. Um…marshmallows.”
“I sniffed it. My brother puts it on to see his girlfriend.”
“I eat it a-fore my breakfast. It good.”

What about you? What is success like for you?

1 comment:

Barbra Stephens said...

It's a lot like what the children told me...
*When you have it, handle it with caution because it can "burn" you.
*It can be sweet...like marshmellow.
*You can 'wear' it even if your not famous...like an Mom or a brother.
*Success, like confidence, makes you 'pretty'.
*'Everyone' should eat it for breakfast.
Cerebral...aren't they?