Got a nine-year-old? Know any? Then watch out. They’re not to be messed with.
They have reach, power and influence beyond what you’d ever imagine.
Check these two out.
1. Nine-year-old Martha Payne from Argyll in western Scotland. Her school dinners aren’t great. Not very tasty, not very healthy, not very much. So she started taking photos like this…
and posting them on her blog www.NeverSeconds.blogspot.com . Just one totey wee little blog that no one will ever notice.
Oh really? After almost no time at all, the local council (which runs the school catering) and the Scottish government are having to defend themselves to every media organisation. And defend themselves with a rictus grin. Because it doesn’t do to be cross or dismissive with a nine-year-old girl who just wanted to do an interesting writing project. (At least, not in public.)
Somewhere in Argyll there’s a teacher who gave permission for Martha to bring her camera into Lochgilphead primary school who’s either hugging him/herself with glee, or else worried about future employment prospects. Whoever you are, I salute you!
I can also confirm that Martha can speak up for herself very well – as well as writing a killer blog. She has an endearing giggle too.
2. Nine-year-old Caine from East Los Angeles. I like and admire children who have an idea and then actually start trying to make it reality. It’s so refreshing. Caine is like that.
While spending the summer at his dad’s used car parts shop, he built his own amusement arcade from cardboard boxes. It’s ingenious and full of excellent features and twists. (I particularly like the calculator-based multi-pass authentification system.) You should watch the short film. It’s inspiring and very very cute. You might even shed a happy tear.
That’s the other thing about nine-year-olds. You won’t notice them taking over the world because they’re so damn cute.