Dandelion wishes answered!

 

 

 

 

Wish 1 Sprite: I wish that Dr Laurie Marker won’t be too sad without Chewbaaka and that the Chewbaaka Memorial fund will bring in lots of money for cheetah conservation.

The day after I posted Sprite’s dandelion wish I received this note from the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=chewbaakamemorial_thanks
And today there was another note bringing news of the cheetah cubs who are being trained to follow in the tracks of Chewbaaka and become the future ambassadors for the species
http://app.streamsend.com/private/FoPQ/DV3/5u9aLpo/browse/14678003

 

 

 

 

Wish 2 Sprite: I wish that someone would help me to clean up my room and get organized!

Sprite has been visiting Angela Esnouf’s Creating Order from Chaos website at http://www.creatingorder.com.au/  and Angela has promised she will write a letter to Sprite giving her some basic tips for getting organised.

 

 

 

 

Wishes 3 Sprite: I wish that Ginger Pony had a friend because it is really lonely if you don’t have a friend
and 4 Sprite: I wish that I could work out why Bea doesn’t like me. I wish someone could help me work it out!

Both these wishes were answered by a invitation in the Comments Section from Sue Weatherill of Horse Instincts http://www.facebook.com/pages/Helpn-Oz-Horse-Programs-for-the-Community/165217303502821

 

Hi Sprite,
You and Ginger pony and all your friends can
come and join Buddy and his team at Horse Instincts
during the school holidays if you like?

Buddy, Maestro and the herd help train people of all ages
in the subtle cues of body language and communication.
They are great at it. It is fun and easy to learn.
It can really help reduce your stress levels when making
friends and being around lots of people or new ones.
We hope you can come and visit.

Sue Weatherill

Dandelion wishes

 

Sprite was sitting on the grass with Columbus cheetah and the Dabrowski Dogs, blowing dandelion seeds into the air and making wishes.

This is the conversation I heard.

Sprite: I wish that Dr Laurie Marker won’t be too sad without Chewbaaka and that the Chewbaaka Memorial fund will bring in lots of money for cheetah conservation.
(You may remember that Sprite chose Dr Laurie Marker for her notable person to study for Night of the Notables http://www.giftedresources.org/jo/blog/?p=545   and she and Columbus Cheetah dressed up as Dr Laurie Marker and Chewbaaka)

Intellectual Dabrowski: There’s a link here for the Chewbaaka Memorial Fund http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=donate_chewbaaka

Sprite: I wish that someone would help me to clean up my room and get organized!

Intellectual Dabrowski: I think Jo was talking to Angela Esnouf from Creating Order from Chaos about that a little while ago. Her website is at http://www.creatingorder.com.au/

Sprite: I wish that Ginger Pony had a friend because it is really lonely if you don’t have a friend.
(I was not sure whether she was displaying genuine empathy and concern for a real problem Ginger Pony was suffering, expressing her own loneliness by projecting it on Ginger Pony, or whether this was a ploy to get a second real pony!)

Sprite: And I wish that I could work out why Bea doesn’t like me.

Psycho Motor Dabrowski: Don’t worry about it! There are dandelion will- o- the -wisps to chase!

Emotional Dabrowski:  It makes people feel sad and confused if they think people don’t like them and they don’t know the reason. It makes me sad too!

Intellectual Dabrowski: Let’s look at this logically. Do you have any real evidence that Bea doesn’t like you, Sprite? Has she said or done anything mean?

Sprite: No, not really… but…

Imaginational Dabrowski: Maybe it is the way she looks at Sprite. Sprite isn’t very good at understanding what people mean by their facial expressions. Maybe she thinks Bea is sneering at her but she isn’t really! Maybe Sprite is just imagining that Bea is sneering.

Sensual Dabrowski: I don’t know. I think Sprite picks up a lot of things, sort of by osmosis, from subtle cues like body language; so she can’t quite work out why she thinks Bea doesn’t like her; but she just has an overwhelming feeling that it is true.

Sprite: I wish someone could help me work it out!

Notables

“Can you help me get the things I need for dressing up as the Notable Person I choose for Night of the Notables?” asked Sprite.

Night of the Notables is an excellent program in which students research the details of the life of a person who is or was important in the field of their passionate interest. They write a biography and a bio riddle and create a learning centre display about their notable. As the finale there is an evening when the students come dressed as their notable and act in character as they show the learning centre they have created.
http://home.pacific.net.au/~greg.hub/notables.html

“Who have you chosen to research?” I asked

“Either Violet Murrell
http://localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au/htm/article/451.html
Or Pat Smythe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Smythe
Whichever one I choose I need jodhpurs, and a riding jacket, riding boots, a riding hard hat and, of course, a REAL pony!

So this was another ploy to get a REAL pony! Nice try, I thought!

Gifted kids are often like Little Lawyers and parents can be drawn into over negotiating each issue with them. Discussion and negotiation is good but too much of it is very tiring for parents and can erode rules.
http://www.minti.com/parenting-advice/9735/Living-with-Little-Lawyers-Dont-Over-negotiate-with-Your-Child/

“Riding gear is very expensive!” I said “But I think we would be able to borrow it from a friend. And you would not need to take a REAL pony! You could take your soft toy pony”

“If I can’t take a REAL pony I would prefer to take Columbus Cheetah and research Dr Laurie Marker from the Cheetah Conservation Fund” said Sprite.
http://www.cheetah.org/?nd=home
http://wildlifeconservationnetwork.org/wildlife/cheetahnamibia.html
I could make a really good learning centre about her with information about cheetahs and their conservation and genetics and Bushblok fuel logs and Anatolian and Kangal herd guarding dogs.”

“I don’t suppose you would let me take a REAL cheetah?”