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The wisdom of a seven year old

Sometimes the wisdom and clarity of a seven year old makes me stop and think.  My daughter and I were talking about her future and what she wanted to be when she grows up this past weekend.

I too was surprised

She mentioned that she wanted to open a book store.  Her love of reading has blossomed over the past year and she reads everything she can get her hands on right now.  She is currently reading Stuart Little and a Star Wars trivia book.  She can thank her Dad for having both of those lying around.

As the discussion progressed I stated in all of my wisdom that a bookstore might not be the best business to open in the future.  Large books stores like Border and Barnes and Noble are currently going through some tough times and are failing.  I also added that most people may read books on an electronic device in the future like a Kindle or Nook.

She thought about my genius laden insights for a second and simply said, “Kids probably won’t have a Kindle.  They’ll still need books.”  She’s right.  She’s absolutely right.  It’s going to be hard to replace children’s books because kids need those thick, colorful pages to gnaw on and have read to them at night.  Children will still need books.

What glaringly obvious facts are you overlooking in your everyday life?  If you’d like to know, my daughter will be available for a consultation.  It won’t be cheap.  Bring your check book.

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  1. June 15, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Well, I too have my father to thank for a love of reading. Trips to the kiddy library and bookclub readings followed by choosing a book to take away for the week. It could be done with Kindles but somehow I doubt it will have the same appeal. I have a Kindle for travelling but real books are just too irresistible. As for what glaringly obvious facts I’m overlooking in my everyday life……you know the problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know and I doubt I could afford your learned little one :-(

  2. June 15, 2011 at 9:20 am

    We don’t know what we don’t know. You’re right. It’s nice to get that little ray of sunshine that just cuts through to the heart of the matter once in a while. I guess all we can do is keep our eyes and ears open for those moments. I have my daughter to thank for several of those.

    Matt

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