11 February 2008

oh okay

a couple months ago, ava brought home an 'all about me' poster from school. she spent the entire afternoon filling in blanks, answering questions, drawing a self-portrait. an hour into it, I peeked over her shoulder. in the space designated 'what I want to be when I grow up', she'd written 'plain servant'. oh wow, I thought. plain servant. what a heartbreakingly humble aspiration. what a thing of greatness. she wants to serve others. and she doesn't want to be fancy about it. this is Christ-like, I thought. this is special, this is deep. this is what I want to be too. naturally, I had to know more. which is when I found out she meant plane servant. as in airplane. I want to help people on airplanes, she said. oh, you mean like a flight attendant? yes, she said. that's what I want to be when I grow up.

which is totally okay too. totally.

32 comments:

  1. love it.
    this just made me smile.
    And I needed a smile today - desperately.

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  2. ah ha ha...I love this. So funny. heehehe.

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  3. hahaha, that's awesome. i love that she called them servants because that's really what they are. glamorized servants.

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  4. Oh my. I can totally see you being all zen about this and then your face changing just the slightest bit when she explained it to you. You are (both) so cute it hurts :)

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  5. oh heavens, that is a darn cute story. didn't ava just fly for the first time over the holidays?
    quite the impression it must have made!!!

    cutie ava girl.

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  6. Love this story :) Ava is a doll.

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  7. maybe she can bring back the cool outfits? :)

    she's a gem [as are you!]

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  8. Awwww, so cute! I remember I wanted to be a flight attendant when I was younger too.

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  9. what a really beautiful story.

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  10. this is so sweet...and funny. :)

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  11. Hey, I would say encourage the flight attendant gig, free flights for parents! I was at the airport last night and this woman standing next to me was going on and on about how great it is that her daughter works for Sky West and she gets free tickets. She ended the conversation with..."Well,at least I got something out of the whole motherhood thing".

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  12. oh yes now that is one to write in the books.
    both goal is quite noble really.

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  13. HA. I do that all the time too. Make them all genius and prophetic when all they want is PB&J sandwich. Hey, if we don't think they're walking on water, who does?

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  14. Probably the next time I have need to get on a plane Ava will be old enough to be that flight attendant. Sigh. But that story is wonderful. Definately for the books.

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  15. What a treat of a story!
    The 'oh' heard 'round the world.
    Enjoy your blog!

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  16. That's such a great story!

    "Plain" or "Plane"...she still put fourth great thoughts and aspirations. :)

    What a wonderful feeling!

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  17. just about the sweetest example of how we can be in awe of our kiddos. she is so sweet!!

    (now, please pass the can of sunshine... ) hehe.

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  18. what a sweet & charming story! thanks for sharing!

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  19. Oh, that was too funny!

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  20. sweet :)

    happy valentine's day hula mommy!

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  21. You give me warm, happy giggles, Andrea. Love reading about your family.

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  22. beautiful, absolutely beautiful story. love this blog tis very refreshing

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  23. Heehee. That note is going to be a treasure in the future. When I was in 6th grade, my teacher had each student fill out a similar survey. We handed them in, and he mailed them back to us 10 years later! Seriously, that's just the coolest ever. I wish I would have been more wordy in mine. I want to read more of my 6th grade happenings.

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  24. I'm just catching up on posts that I missed while out of town, and was so saddened to read the one that followed this, which I came to before I found this one. This post put such a huge smile on my face. I'm glad that flowers from your lovely husband were able to do the same for you. I hope all is getting better, and I can't wait to see you. Be well, friend!

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  25. Lovely story. Written just right. Thanks.


    My "word verification" is VIMVOIP.
    What do you think of that?

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