Glass Half Full: Our children can save the world |

Glass Half Full: Our children can save the world

He wears his Superman cape every day. He’s four. I’m not entirely sure he is aware that his cape follows him wherever he goes — it’s simply a part of who he is: Superman.

Like Clark Kent, he is mild mannered, polite, and easy with people. Yet, inside his little soul is a huge personality: magical, anything possible, save-the-world.

Then there are the skippers, boys and girls a bit like butterflies, exploring their world with energy and abandon.

Skipping is a joyous activity. Much like those in Superman and Wonder Woman garb, youngsters who skip recognize very few limitations in their lives.

They still believe, whether it be in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, or their magical powers, that they truly can make a difference in the world. Who are we to say otherwise?

One Lake Tahoe School mother reported a gentle conversation with her fourth-grade son recently during which she suggested that some folks don’t believe in Santa Claus.

His response? “And some people don’t believe in miracles.”

End of discussion.

As we sold Christmas trees on Sunday, Bill Devine casually commented that, in his experience, not all high school students know how to skip these days.

Really?! Even as a former preschool and kindergarten teacher, I don’t recall precisely whether that was a taught skill or simply one learned by watching and imitating and playing.

I do recall that we used it as part of developmental assessments. When did we adults stop skipping? Was it because it takes too much energy, or because we considered it too undignified?

Whichever, somewhere along the line, we lost that particular joy and abandon.

In this day and age, where so much play is prescribed and officiated, where screen time replaces building forts and the like, when afternoons are filled with lessons and time with adults, I wonder if our children are missing out on the magical, the anything-possible, the notion that they can save the world?

The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to step back and consider that question. Remember the value of pretend and how it felt to be Superman or Wonder Woman or some other super hero.

Skip with your children. Revel in the magic of childhood revisited and of the wonder of believing.

Happy Holidays, all.

Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at

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