Menu

Impressions from Savannah the Snail

Monday November 4th, 2013 in Miscellaneous

It’s amazing the life lessons we can be reminded of through the simplest of experiences. Two weekends ago I had a meaningful encounter with Savannah. Savannah is a snail, a small one at that and according to my 4 year old daughter, she’s apparently female and very busy. Impressed of course by the complexity of the name chosen, Savannah’s journey from garden to I’m-not-quite-sure-where, has left us with a few pleasing observations.

Through imaginative play, children leave wonderful impressions on us … or otherwise known as a highly reflective and often frightening mirror! Their portrayals show us how they think, how they are forming views and how they are developing as little human beings. Gumboots and fairy dress in tow, when my daughter Mimi dug up the nature strip only to come across her newest friend, we weren’t sure what would happen next. To pick up or not to pick up; that was the question. Needless to say, Mimi embraced Savannah the snail with both hands and an open heart, albeit a little too enthusiastically at first!

Naturally from our daughter (because she’s a girl and stereotypically we must think like this) we’d expect a degree of nurturing, personality analysis, home-making, food preparation and interior designing. This all occurred with precision. Over the next 24 hours, Savannah was part of our family and went everywhere with us. Mimi took great pride in her new found responsibility and rose beautifully to the challenge of becoming nurturing snail mother. Until, Savannah went walk-a-about, or is that slide-a-bout.

This threw up a potentially distressing and possibly squishy situation. Both my husband and I were prepared for the worst. There were no silvery, slimey snail trails to be found anywhere. As we were trying to think of an elaborate story to cover the various possibilities such as, she’s gone on a play date (and it takes her a LONG time to get there and back), or she has returned to the depths of the greenery on the nature strip to be reunited with her family, my daughter — to my delight, simply said, ‘No mummy, Savannah has gone to work. Don’t worry, she’ll be home for dinner and we’ll all have family time then. Savannah always comes home’.

I love Savannah. She made me realise that the ongoing guilt and separation anxiety many of us continue to feel as working mothers, had been rightly put back in its place and labelled ‘nonsense’. I was proud in that moment that my daughter recognised the very normal practice of the working parent, not just the working mother. The feeling of abandonment that we fear our kids may be left with is, in fact, quite the opposite. It’s an appreciation of real life and that we all have responsibilities and desires for independence, careers, family, purpose, and the pursuit of a balanced and fulfilling life. There’s no room for guilt, over-analysis or judgement. We should feel proud of the example we’re setting and embrace it. It is 2013 after all.

We want our children to grow up with independence, aspirations, purpose, a sense of making their own success and strong work ethics. Importantly, I hope my kids are inspired to bring about change, in whatever form and to challenge the mindset of mediocrity.

Savannah — and Mimi — all power to you.

Job Search - Fresh Opportunities

Head of Customer Experience – Financial Services

(Feature Opportunity)

This strategic role will look to develop and implement a truly customer centric program across this financial institution, to better the customer. Permanent role ASX listed investment management firm Stand-alone role This highly regarded financial… Read More

Marketing Automation Manager

(Feature Opportunity)

SalesForce Marketing Cloud experience 12 month fixed term contract Inner city location Our client is an established and respected member based organisation looking for an experienced marketing automation manager to join their team on a… Read More

Ampersand Latest

Challenger Brands and Disruption

(Ampersand Latest)

Successful marketeers in 2019 will be those with an appetite for disruption and an ability to create and change, disrupt. CMO through Vanessa Mitchell looks at the approach used by Athena which plans to disrupt… Read More

In the News

Ampersand International Leadership Breakfast

(In the News)

Ampersand International is hosting a leadership breakfast at Vue de Monde on Wednesday 21st November. The exclusive breakfast will be led by Jason T. Smith, Founder and Group Director of the Back in Motion Health… Read More

Your Ampersand

Through understanding & authenticity we connect people with people, people with brands, people with possibility. Our clients & candidates feel optimistic, proud & valued.

We seize the opportunity to be your brand advocates because we know leadership when we see it.

Contract Resources Register with us Client Enquiries

Our event program

Ampersand’s quarterly event series exists to provide our client and candidate network with insightful, inspiring and challenging topics relevant to leadership, business of tomorrow, innovation and entrepreneurship.

If you’re interested in attending or speaking at an Ampersand event, please get in touch with Leah Towers
on 03 9008 5101 or ltowers@ampersand.com.au

 

 

Learn More