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