This Might Not Work

by | Apr 26, 2020 | Ideas

Yesterday, I was building boats and airplanes out of popsicle sticks with our children. It was colour spectacle that only a 4 and 6 year old can produce. Glue and paper were everywhere and many things ended being stuck together and to things unintentionally. Part way through, one of the boats broke and we started again. The boat masts and airplane propeller kept falling down and off.

We had to adapt the model a few times hopefully improving the design. I had a proud moment during it all when I said ‘This might not work.” Both kids in their own way said, ‘yes, we know Dad, but it’s important to keep trying. By trying different things, we learn.’ I did a dance of joy.

This might now work, but try anyways. It might not work to have older members of our communities virtually read stories to children. But try it anyway (see It might not work for our kids to learn virtually. But try it anyway (see Khan Academy for ideas). It might not work to grow plants or vegetables. But try it anyway (Gardener’s World or Justin).

And here’s the thing. It won’t work every time. Expect that. Try again. And again. And again. I find that most of my days are filled with more things that don’t work than things that do. But each day, things that didn’t work previously, begin to.

And did they float? That’s today’s experiment.

Photo by Ricardo Viana


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