cafeteria philosophy

Next time you walk into a room full of people, take a breath...relax your shoulders  --and smile. xo


8 years ago in Morocco...



Cafeteria Philosophy

September 14, 2010

I was playing David Gray for the kids and found myself humming Babylon. The little girl next to me picked up the tune. After a few minutes, I looked up and they were all humming it, not looking at each other, just going about their kid business, coloring and painting. In your life you get those few rare moments where something so ordinary takes your breath away. “The mark of miracles is seeing the extraordinary in most common and basic actions” –Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

The kids warmed up to me today, kids that used to stink eye me. She walked over and whispered in my ear, “Ou et la salle de toilet?” We went over and she just washed her hands and splashed water on me. I splashed her back and she started laughing. She laughed when the soap slipped out of her hands. We’ve crossed the threshold, and now my 6 year old friend and I are officially cool in each other’s book. Kids are scared little creatures. They walk into a room full of people with a look of fear on their face, which translates into a nasty demeanor. They don’t know where to sit or what to do. I guess to some degree this never goes away. We carry it with us until we decide to rid ourselves of it. I’m going to call this basic cafeteria philosophy.

katie monacelli