Trees of Transition

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“This Made My Month!”

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At the zoo camp I led this summer, a four-year-old drew a picture of what she liked best from that day when we talked about birds. We had met a zoo keeper with Echo, a great horned owl, and this four-year-old had sat way off to the side, but during the question time she asked questions. As I surveyed the kids drawings as they were finishing up, I asked the four-year-old about her picture of a person with a bird: “Is that you?” She answered, “No, it’s the lady with the bird!” (The zookeeper with Echo–and as I looked I could recognize that it was that zookeeper with red hair and the owl had big eyes just like Echo). Her simple drawing brought a smile to my lips. I snapped a photo of the drawing on my phone, and I tracked down the zookeeper after camp to show it to her. Her eyes lit up when she saw the portrait of herself with the bird she trains. She said, “This made my day, no, my month!!”

I didn’t know showing someone a photo could make her so happy. The picture made me smile when I saw it because of the whimsical lines that captured a section of reality. The picture showed the zookeeper and me that this four-year-old had learned something. We had passed along some knowledge. At the end of the camp when we asked the four-year-old what her favorite animal at the zoo was, she answered, “The owl!”

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Author: maryhopecampbell

Hello Friends, A curious, kind, practical, and energetic writer and teacher is one way to describe me. I enjoy thinking about transitions--in schools, churches, families, relationships, and even countries. I'm passionate about learning, and I love working with students. Stop by often to see which kind of transition I'm thinking about, and I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Peace! ~Mary Hope

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