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Monday, December 6, 2010

My first post!

While riding my bike the other day I saw a little girl with her dad. The little girl was crushing fallen leaves while her dad was walking ahead. As the girl, who couldn't have been more than 4, continued watching the ground I could tell the dad had not been expecting to be distracted. He wasn't angry just clearly hadn't thought of the possibility that one might stop to interact with anything between whatever shop they had just left, and where ever they were going next. In the brief moment as I rode by I imagined this is what they were thinking.

Dad: I have over 40 years of experience in the world and the social norms I have acquired tell me that it is appropriate to walk directly to the car after exiting a shop. Lets not slow down now dear, trust me, I know what's right.

little girl: I don't understand social norms and go through my day generally confused about what I'm supposed to do and how I'm supposed to do it. You are probably right dad and we should hurry to the car to get on our way home, but I've begun to notice lately that the social norms you adhere to are not always in my best interest. They often lead to a lack of candy, and sleeping before it is necessary. Therefor, Dad, I distrust your judgment in this instance, because the most amazing thing I see in the world right now are these leaves that make a wonderful sound when you step on them.

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