I was so naive.
While Jade sometimes lets me teach about the world around her, it seems that she's more interested in teaching me a thing or two, like the proper way to eat a peanut butter and jam sandwich.
Here she is, on a recent canoe trip, giving me step-by-step instructions:
Step 1: Pick up one half of the PB&J sandwich.
Step 2: Begin licking the jam off the sandwich.
Step 3: Get right in there and lick that jam. Don't lick too hard or the toast might break. Remember to breathe.
Step 4: Follow through.
To be honest, I can figure out how to lick a peanut butter and jam sandwich on my own, but it's highly unlikely that I would have thought to lick it in the first place, so maybe the real lesson from Jade is:
Don't get caught up in the mundane or the disappointing. Focus on the goodness in everything.
After all, that's exactly what Jade does. I think that, all too often, we adults forget that.
"You learn quickly, Grasshopper."