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Just go with it. This is an expression favoured by my 6-year-old son of late. I’m not sure where he picked it up, but he has embraced it fully. He also seems to utter it just when I need to hear it most. I think it’s part of why we make such a good team.

Adults can learn so much from children. Being present. Being in the moment. Not being self-conscious. Appreciating what you’ve got right before you.

As a stage manager, I frequently tell my actors that if they want a lesson in commitment, they need to watch a young child eat an ice cream cone. Especially if it’s hot. Do they care about the ice cream running down their hand, down their arm, to their elbow? Do they care that their face is a mess? No. The mission is clear—eat as much ice cream as possible, minimise loss. Everything else is secondary, inconsequential.

It’s so easy to get caught up, as a grown-up, with inconsequential matters. I do it. You do it. And sometimes, when things aren’t going as planned or as hoped, you have most likely not been presented with an insurmountable problem. It’s helpful to remember life wisdom as seen by a 6-year-old.

Just go with it.

N.B. (added the following morning) Last night, as we were getting ready for bed, my son complained that his nose felt ‘uncomfortable’. I handed him a tissue and suggested he try blowing. He did try, but told me there wasn’t any snot left in it. Then he crawled back into bed and said, ‘I’ll just go with it’.

Oh, he makes me laugh.

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How time flies…

Well, I missed the ROW80 check in on Wednesday, and I’m a day late for yesterday’s check in. The productivity I’ve been achieving lately has pretty much come to a screeching halt. My writing and personal life have been a bit of a disappointment this week, which has taken its toll.

So I’ll focus on the positive. 

The blog I started for the Writing Center is receiving national attention through Pearson Publisher. This has been my little pet project at work, so I’m particularly pleased that it’s receiving such praise. Was that enough alliteration?

Yesterday was a wonderfully theatre-filled day. Attended my first rehearsal for the EMG show going up at the Moore Theatre in April. Then spent the evening putting together a preliminary prop list for The Tempest that I’ll be working on this summer. Not only am I excited to be working with this director on a show, I’ve discovered that he is almost as addicted to playing Scrabble on Facebook as I am. Currently, I have a substantial lead and I’m hoping to maintain it.

Recent events have a couple poem possibilities percolating (more alliteration, but this time it was accidental), but nothing ready to be put down on paper yet.

So, all in all, not much progress being made in terms of writing. Here’s how the other ROW80 writers are doing.

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Huzzah…

It’s been a productive week so far, and it’s only Wednesday!

The exciting news is that today it became official…I will be stage managing The Tempest for GreenStage this summer! This is going to be a great project, and I’m totally psyched about working with the director.

And I’ve been making good progress on my ROW80 goals this week. I’ve made a submission, written a poem, and a blog entry for Hugo House.

This could help explain why I’m so exhausted today…

See how the other intrepid ROW80 writers are faring here.

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