My son recently found my Kau Cim Chien Tung bucket. Based on the I Ching, these sticks are an ancient version of fortune-telling. “It is generally said that a person’s future becomes his past through the present: the successful man is one who understands well what has happened, experiences acutely what is happening, and comprehends what is indicated in the future.”

Brantley made his wishes, grabbed the bucket, and shook.

– I WISH mommy would play Scramble [Scrabble] the ‘Brantley way.’
– I WISH I could drive a car.
– I WISH mommy would read all the old, serious books with me.
– I WISH I was older and could drive a minivan.
– I WISH it could be morning all day.
– I WISH I could be a racecar driver.
– I WISH dad would let me watch Stars Wars every day.

What if we all wished for something simple – attainable – like health and happiness – or joy? What would happen if we worked hard to make those wishes come true? I believe we have the power to shape our future; it all begins with a wish. I mean, a bucket of little wooden sticks can’t be wrong…right?





When your child asks, “hey, do you want to see…” The answer should be “yes!” You never know what they have in store.

Hey, do you want to see…

…me kick this ball really hard?
…all the mushroom roots I just dug up?
…a dead bug?
…a dead bug’s wing that fell off?
…me dance to Deadmau5?
…all these really cool mushrooms?
…how many books I can hold?
…how hard I can rock out on my drum?
…me read a book in one day?
…this really big poop that just came out of my butt?
…a really cute toad?
…this dead worm?
…me do a trick on my skateboard?
…this motorcycle do a long jump?
…this awesome fort I just built?
…me eat all my dinner?
…awesome bike tricks?
…me work on this cool puzzle?
…me make Georgia laugh?

Yes, the answer is yes.

What if we said ‘yes’ more often? Would we open ourselves up to opportunities unknown, broaden our community, expose ourselves to new experiences? I guess we won’t know unless we say…



“If we could see the many waves
That flow through clouds and sunken caves
She’d sense at least, the words that sought her
On the wind and under water” – Phish




You can learn a lot from a 3-year-old.  Case and point:  the following are quotes from the past few months, all said in a very definitive manner.

“We don’t want goats eating our pillows.  But, it’s ok; they don’t live around here.”

“Mommy, I love you more than a lover machine.  A lover machine loves you a whole, whole, whole, whole lot.  I love you more than that.”

“Do you want a pteranodon with a two-inch head?” “No, thank you, ” I replied.

“I feel like a hundred ants are crawling on me.”

“There is a lot going on inside your body. The baby is moving.  Your heart is beating.  Muscles are moving.”

“You are a “fun” fun guy.  But we are looking “fung” fungi.  Get it?”

“Where can I buy the Candy Crush app?”

“You know what is very serious?  We don’t take a light bulb out of a lamp if it is still working.  Unh huh.  No way!.”

“This is my property.  I am trying to make a machine with my property to make money.”

“Can I give the baby a head bump?  A soft head bump, like this!”

“The jets have taken apart this runway, and it is our job to fix it!  Come on!”

“The tornado is 80 miles away.  It is going to tear down this house.  We need to press all of these buttons to save it!”

“Right when the baby comes out can I have a Hershey Kiss?”

To the last question I, of course, replied “yes.”