Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess. She lived in a big castle and had a cat. The cat’s name was “Flashy.” One day, the beautiful princess stepped outside the castle with her cat – and THEN . . . .
Donna and I happily entertain our granddaughters with regularity. It’s always special to share time with them. When we have a meal, we normally encourage some sort of interaction. It’s more than “how was your day” or “do you like your spaghetti.” Donna or I will whirrrrr our arms around and point to one of our granddaughters and say “You begin a story.” The 3 or 6 year old will begin a story – often like the four lines above. Sometimes – they’ll start a story on their own. After “and then” — the obligation shifts to the next person at the table to continue the story. We’ve had some verrrry interesting adventures come out of this round table authorship. I often include the beautiful – yet powerful – princess going to the local golf course and shooting a sub par round from the back tees.
Another staple for dinnertime discussion is “Rose and Thorn.” Everyone is asked the “Rose” of their day — the happiest or most exciting part of the day. Then we will ask if there was a “Thorn” in their day — something that happened that wasn’t pleasant or happy. We learn a lot – from our granddaughters and from each other from these simple yet insightful interactions of dialogue. What was the Rose of your day?