“This is a task for Delta Dog!” declared the idealist Imaginational Dabrowski.
“Here comes Delta Dog swooping in with utopian ideals, creative ideas and humorous ideation to save the safety, sanity and sense of Sprite and her friends at Sprite’s Site!”
Imaginational was concerned about the less than ideal atmosphere at Sprite’s Site recently and was determined to do something to lighten the mood.
He tried standing on his head and making silly faces but nobody laughed and Intellectual said “Oh, do be sensible! Can’t you see we have serious worries?”
So Imaginational sat down with his trusty mind map to brainstorm the causes of the glum moods and anxiety.
He identified the problems as:
- Anxiety caused by Little Bully Black Dog and the Pair O’Noids
- Subject matter in the World History topic Sprite was studying
- The books in Intellectual’s pile of suggested reading
- The approaching elections
- Issues surrounding the extent of personal responsibility for situations not within Sprite’s direct control
By drawing in the connecting lines Imaginational could see that all the causes of the gloom were inter-related.
So he started to think about which of the causes could be eliminated or changed
Imaginational was happy to find that there were several things which could be changed. One change was already imminent. Next term the Social Studies unit which Sprite will be studying will be concerned with Geography rather than grim World History.
Imaginational could foresee that Sprite would be very interested in studying landforms and places such as Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef.
Next Imaginational asked Paula the Physicist, Sprite’s mentor, to come with him to visit Sprite and to bring some interesting books to lend to her to provide some alternative reading.
Paula brought some beautifully illustrated books about astronomy and biology for Sprite to borrow and a gift of an adult colouring book on the theme of art and mathematics and patterns found in nature.
She also organised for Sprite to spend some time with her in the laboratory looking at ripple tank experiments into the properties of light.
Watching the circles of waves which went out from the sources and the way they interacted with each other and with differing water levels was not only fascinating.
It also led to an interesting discussion about the nature of light and then to a philosophical discussion about the influence a single small spark of goodness or a random act of kindness could have spreading effects in a seemingly dark and wicked world.