Our 8 year old, Seth, has always had an indomitably optimistic spirit.
It has made rearing him a challenge at times. Consequences issued as disciplinary measures just never seemed all that bad to him. No dessert? “That’s okay mom. You’ll probably make something better tomorrow.”
But it also allows him to accomplish amazing things. There really is no such thing as failure to this kid.
Yesterday, Ian was building yet another scrap-wood boat – a catamaran this time. Seth wanted in on the action and began taping toothpicks together to make a small replica of the Kon-Tiki. Problem was he tested it after each step, so the tape and the toothpicks were pretty waterlogged by the time he had the deck, cabin and sail in place.
As his little raft rode lower and lower in the water he became more and more subdued. Finally, he announced that he was going to make a submarine!
He bundled the soaked toothpicks into a roughly cigar shaped submarine, filled the kitchen sink and when it sank straight to the bottom he shouted “It works!”