On the walk to school, a normally shy and withdrawn little girl comes to my side.
“Guess what?” she asks, her eyes huge. She watches me with her mittens folded together and her boots kicking the ice.
“What? Tell me everything,” I respond (because I have a whole mile to listen and nothing to do but walk with her). And then, I learn all about dolphins.
Dolphins. That was the door that let me into her heart. I think about how–if only I had known–I might have asked about dolphins last year.
If only I had known! I realize that every person I meet today has a deeply held love of something. Maybe it’s dolphins or coconuts or turtles or guitar. I want to make the kind of time and space to hear about it.
I want to give you a whole mile today.
If you had a mile to talk, what would you want to talk about today?