Lori Borgman finds the funny in ev­ery­day life, writ­ing from the heart­land of the US. Now, if she could just find her car keys...

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Our colum­nist Lori Borgman pays trib­ute to all those who push the en­ve­lope.

Our son emailed us a video of their 17-month-old daugh­ter who may one day be­come a gym­nast or stunt dou­ble. She climbed on a stool in front of the bath­room van­ity and hoisted her­self up onto the top of it, turned on the tap, leaned in and got a drink, then swung her foot in un­der the stream of run­ning wa­ter. Why? Be­cause she could. One win­ter day, two of our grand­chil­dren moved all of the fur­ni­ture in the front room around while I was work­ing in the kitchen – heavy fur­ni­ture, in­clud­ing a pi­ano. Shocked, I asked why they did it. The an­swer? Be­cause they could. A friend’s five-year-old son gave his lit­tle sis­ter, the one with beau­ti­ful, raven-black hair, a short hair­cut. Be­cause he could. When our son was only 6, he man­aged to pull apart our din­ing ta­ble by him­self and in­serted the heavy leaf that ex­tended it to seat eight.

When asked why he did it, he said he thought maybe some­one would stop by for lunch – and be­cause he wanted to see if he could.

Some­times when my hus­band and I go some­where, be­cause he was a news pho­tog­ra­pher for years and knows ev­ery street in the city, he will take side roads, claim­ing it will shave a minute or two off of our time. Why does he do so? Be­cause get­ting some­where fast was part of a job he did well.

And be­cause he can. We all want to know if we can. We want to know the things we can do and the things we can do well. We want to know where we might suc­ceed and soar.

Chil­dren don’t run just be­cause it is fun; they run be­cause they want to know how fast their legs will carry them. Boys rough­house, not just to drive their par­ents nuts, but be­cause they want to know if they are strong.

Kids paint and draw be­cause they want to know if any­body else can tell that the blob on the pa­per with four legs is a horse. Chil­dren at the beach build sand cas­tles to see if they can cre­ate some­thing that will re­main up­right. At least un­til the tide comes.

At ev­ery age and in ev­ery sea­son of life there is sat­is­fac­tion in find­ing the things we can do well – small things or big at­ten­tion-grab­bing things. They might be things like draw­ing, build­ing, teach­ing, cook­ing, cod­ing, com­pos­ing, ex­plor­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing, or mas­ter­ing the art of nur­tur­ing others.

Ev­ery mag­nif­i­cent build­ing we

We WANT to KNOW the things we CAN do and the THINGS we can do WELL. We want to know where we MIGHT SUC­CEED and SOAR.

sur­vey, ev­ery bridge that car­ries us across wa­ter, ev­ery com­puter we work at, ev­ery ath­lete that in­spires us, ev­ery work of art that moves us and ev­ery meal that is a de­light to the senses, ex­ists be­cause some­one dis­cov­ered they could. And then they did. One of the best parts of life is dis­cov­er­ing what we can do well and do­ing it – sim­ply be­cause we can.

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