One of my favorite books growing up was Miss Rumphius by Barbara Clooney. The story is of a little girl who dreams of traveling the world and living by the sea when she gets old. She is told by her grandfather that while those things are all very well, there is one other thing that she must do with her time on Earth: She must do something to make the world more beautiful.
The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went.
There is so much more that children have to learn than what is simply taught in the classrooms. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends, we all have a responsibility to help teach our children to be citizens of the world and create opportunities for growth in ways that can’t be quantified on a standardized test. It is in this vein that I have a challenge for you: