Tonight, MLF1 (13 years) came down to dinner and all her thoughts just came pouring out. Sometimes she speaks (English) so fast that I can barely keep up. Seriously.
She´s doing a project at school about Global Warming and her part of the project has been to find out the effects on the refugees caused by all the changes happening. It created such an interesting dinner conversation; which they all talked as fast as each other (it was just me and the 3 girls tonight) ... everything from the hurricanes in Haiti to just listening to what the media tell us, to bottled water and where our rubbish goes. It amazed me that we had such a (long) conversation - probably 30 minutes - in English! - and I just love that the end the conversation naturally turned to what we could do that would make a difference.
Then we watched a couple of Youtube videos...The Story of Bottled Water...and a TED talk about people creating beautiful spaces in their communities. At the beginning of each video, I started to regret putting it on for them...they´re both about big concepts, in English, and directed towards adults. But at the end, they wanted to talk about the videos and I could see that they had all grasped the ideas and had their own ideas that led out of them. I just love that they care about such things and that I get to talk about stuff like this with them.
...and then we got to hang out and play music and sing together. MLF2 has a piano here now (yay!) and MLF1 can play the guitar, and I show MLF3 a few base notes on the piano...I just love that there is more of a depth to my relationship with them now. Plus they think that my (cheating) piano skills are concerto-worthy: always good for the ego.
...and in other news, I am the best problem solver ever. In the words of MLF3. True story.
MLF3: Oh! Sigh! Oh! My toothbrush (which sits in a cup) is always wet on the bottom of the handle when I go to use it! Always! I hate it!
Me: There´s a special secret magical way to stop this from happening.
...and so I told her to give the toothbrush a little whack after rinsing it out. And the next morning, during teeth brushing time....
Me: So is your tooth brush handle wet this morning?
MLF3: (as the look of absolute amazement crosses her face). No!! You have the best ideas ever! In the whole world!
I know, right?!