By COLLEEN LEDDY
You’ve heard those inspirational quotes before: “If you believe, you can achieve.”
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”
“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.”
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
That sentiment can be traced to Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich” and considered to be one of the great writers on success. My four-year-old granddaughter Caroline seemed to be channeling Hill yesterday. She takes the “believe it, achieve it” outlook to a whole new level. My daughter Rosie talked about it on Facebook Monday.
“Parenthood is never boring. I just got an email from Caroline's preschool teacher asking if Taylor could come in to play the tuba for their summer camp with a band theme since Caroline has told them several times that he plays the tuba (he does not). Caro still insists that she knows he can (and wanted to buy him one for his birthday).”
The post generated a flurry of comments, and even inspired David’s cousin Ralph to Photoshop Taylor’s face onto a photo of someone playing the tuba…which prompted my daughter-in-law Sarah to comment, “So Caroline was right all along! You do play the tuba!”
Ralph accompanied the Photoshop version of Taylor with the comment, “Dude plays a mean tuba.”
Caroline’s insistence that Taylor can play the tuba evoked many comments, in which two themes emerge: Taylor should learn to play the tuba, and Caroline exemplifies Napoleon Hill’s philosophy in the sweetest, purest form. Here are some of the comments:
Grace: She obviously is proud of her daddy! And she believes he can do anything : )
Kay: I’m thinking you’re relieved that Taylor does not play the tuba.
Judy: I could see that scene like in Billy Madison where he’s playing the clarinet in band completely wrong. I hope he does go and play the tuba. : )
My daughter Rosie again: I didn’t even know where to start on the reply email. Caroline was disappointed he won’t be coming in for that, so I told her maybe he could go sometime for something he knows how to do well. She suggested dance, and her teacher said they’d love to have him for that, so we’ll see what happens haha.
Jeff: I remember a long, tense argument I had with my kindergarten teacher after she refused to concede that my dad was more than a hundred years old.
Jamie: How hard could it be to play a simple tune on the tuba? Make it happen!!
Ryan: I will contribute $50 to the "Buy Taylor a Tuba" fund…
Taylor: Great photo, Ralph. Side note: anyone give tuba lessons?
Jamie: Should we start a "go fund me" page for Taylor's Tuba??
Larrey: Ryan, I’m in.
Apparently, Caroline has been working on the “believing it” part of getting her daddy to play the tuba at school for some time. Rosie next posted a photo within the comment thread, of a family drawing Caroline did at pre-school last semester. The caption underneath recorded by her teacher said, “I like to play the tuba with my family.”
This prompted a comment from former Morenci band director Crystal Bough: I'll teach him to play the tuba, lol! That is funny and creative!
The post came full circle with this comment from the preschool teacher: I remember doing that family picture with her, that's when I found out he "played the tuba"! She cracks me up : )
Later on Monday, Rosie was back on Facebook with this second “believe it, achieve it” gem, “When Caroline was going to sleep tonight she jumped up and whispered in my ear, ‘Do tooth fairies tickle?’ Before I could answer she said, ‘I put a piece of corn under my pillow to pretend it's a tooth so the tooth fairy comes!’"
And Stephany commented: You should leave her some fake money!