Monthly Archives: March 2011

New thought

Out of the blue: “Daddy, did you know that not all thoughts have been thought?”

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So much social cognition

“You’ve got to trust yourself!  Then you can do it!”

I was outside on the rear balcony.  I’d been “robbing the bees,” taking frames of honey out of the hive and storing them in a box so that on the weekend we can take the honey out.  Lillian was watching from the window, safe behind a flyscreen.  I was wanting to come back in the house, but was being menaced by about a half-dozen surly bees.

“Come on, trust yourself!” Lillian said again.

From outside the house and behind my veil, I asked: “Where did you learn about trusting yourself?”

“From Lau-Lau.  I was going on the monkey bars for the first time and she said to trust myself, so I trusted myself and then I could do it!”

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Its time for piano practice.  She’s playing Grieg’s “Morning Mood”.  She suddenly turned to me and said “You know what?  This might be embarrassing to Mummy so don’t tell her I told you.  I told someone at school that my mum thinks that ice is magic.”

(Its true that Teresa recommends ice as a remedy for any ailment – bruise, sprain, bee-sting, temperature…)

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