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This is perhaps my all-time most favorite pic of Kendall. She had decided to go outside by herself to build her first snowman. I'm not sure why I wasn't out there with her (It was about 1998 b.p.c. (Before Personal Computer), so I couldn't possibly have been surfing the internet, instead, (haha), but I kept watch now and then from the window and was rewarded with the most perfect display of how temperament means so much in terms of happiness in life.
Kendall had gathered up a bunch of snow, carefully doing her best to create the snowman that was in her mind's eye. Her first try was top-heavy and fell down. She made two more unsuccessful attempts, and I felt myself tempted to go out and help her, but that's when Kendall demonstrated the spirit that we saw in her first days of life and continually see today; instead of becoming overly frustrated and crying or stomping on that danged, uncooperative snowman, she simply took what was left from the mess that had fallen and pushed it together to make a smaller one.
A moment later, I opened the front door to a rosey-cheeked little girl wearing a HUGE smile, asking, "Mommy, can I have some stuff for my snowman?! Come and see my snowman!"
And my three-year-old daughter showed how happy you can be if you keep an open mind and persevere. She showed why it's good to let your kids make their own mistakes when they're cheap (so that they have confidence in themselves when the decisions are more important ones*.) And finally, know this: If you ever need a lift in spirit, and have the chance, build a snowman; it'll be sure to make you smile :)
p.S. I learned this very important philosophy from Barbara Coloroso, who wrote the book, Kids Are Worth It, a must-read book for parents who don't want to be "jellyfish" or "brickwall" parents, but rather, "backbone" parents. If it's still in print (I've had mine for 17 years), I highly recommend it!