Greetings little one.
By now you’re the size of a pineapple, as I found on the internet, which is where we find everything we need to know these days… We’ll get to that.
In the meantime, as you’re being prepared, I wanted to give you an introduction to the world, which is where you’re going to spend all of your time being alive.
This is why I created this list of things for new members of our species, such as yourself, to know about. …
I just bought new running shoes today.
(My wife asked me if they’re any good. I said — “Nike says so. I’ve yet to meet them.”)
Then I looked at my old ones.
The journey that we had together; all the roads and grass and dirt I carried them while they protected my feet.
They got wet, they got muddy.
Over time, they got torn.
I glued them back together, nursed them to health, and we were both up and running in no time.
Consumerism heresy, but I love my old shoes.
When I look at my old shoes I don’t think — “Just do it.” …
I love pineapples.
Even if you don’t care for it, I’m sure you can appreciate it’s a special kind of fruit.
You can get it for less than a pound in the UK, where once (the 17th century) only the super rich were able to delight in its tangy flavour, for the handsome price of the equivalent of £5,000.
It was brought from the Caribbean but in order to grow it in Europe, conditions had to mimic the temperature and humidity found there. That’s why only the extremely wealthy could afford it. …
In America, there’s a country called the United States and they recently went to vote in something called election, where they pick their president, which is like their king, or queen.
It’s not really like the king or queen because they can’t do anything they want. It’s more like being the boss — a good boss chooses what’s important and what the country should focus on based on what they think is best.
Elections is what they do in countries that are democratic — every few years, the people of these countries vote for who they believe is the best person to be their leader. …
Soon you’ll learn about some truly remarkable women.
There have been many women who were the first women to achieve something amazing.
From Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, to Valentina Tereshkova, who was the first woman in space (also solo), to Junko Tabei, who was the first woman to summit mount Everest.
I was invited to speak for the virtual summit Play for Peace — a celebration for World Children’s Day, about the importance of play in children’s lives.
Thank you Liway Tayag for the invitation.
Here’s what I have to say (as an education technology entrepreneur*, game designer, a voracious reader of parenting literature, and most importantly — a father) about play, learning and growing: