The Girl Knows One Hundred is There

April 14, 2011 by  
Filed under LIFE STAGES

This is a follow-up to the post I wrote about whether you think of yourself as a “girl” or a “woman” and why I chose Pinwheel Girls versus a Pinwheel Woman. As a child development professional, I am always captivated by the following poem written by Loris Malaguzzi from Reggio Emilia, Italy.

For me it sums up the “girl” in me and what she naturally knows. I hope you like it.

“No way. The hundred is there.

The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts, a hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking. A hundred–always a hundred–ways of listening, of marveling, of loving. A hundred joys for singing and understanding. A hundred worlds to discover. A hundred worlds to invent. A hundred worlds to dream.

The child has a hundred languages (and a hundred hundred hundred more) but they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture separate the head from the body.

They tell the child: to think without hands, to do without head, to listen and not to speak, to understand without joy, to love and to marvel only at Easter and Christmas.

They tell the child: to discover the world already there and of the hundred they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child: that work and play, reality and fantasy, science and imagination, sky and earth, reason and dream are things that do not belong together. And thus they tell the child that the hundred is not there.

The child says: No way. The hundred is there.”

~ Loris Malaguzzi

Whenever I read this, I find that I am whispering to myself. “Yes, I know about the hundred. I understand. I feel the hundred. They are palpable and they are there.”

As a Pinwheel Girl, I am now delighting in the thrill and discovery of getting the ninety-nine back.

That’s what empowerment feels like.

To read more about being a “girl” click here.

Interested in reuniting with your Inner Girl? My book can help!

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2 Responses to “The Girl Knows One Hundred is There”
  1. Got your book and gifts in the mail today. Thank you. What a pleasant surprise. Loved the card, journal and coaster. Will read the card many, many times. Will write in the journal and the coaster is next to my computer so I can look at it and read its message every day. Have read the first chapter of your book and already love it.

    • says:

      Hi Patricia! Wow-wee! Thanks so much for your wonderful comments! I’m glad you received your Pinwheel Girl book today ~ enjoy the journey! Hugs and White Light! xo

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