Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • My daughter is not someone I usually consider a rule-follower. This, however, changes the instant the flight attendant comes over the intercom instructing us to pay attention to the obligatory safety video.

    It does not matter that she has heard these instructions countless times--she obediently puts down her book or magazine and glues her eyes to the tiny screen on the seat back in front of her.

    When told to look for the nearest exit, she dutifully looks in front, to the side, and behind her, locating the nearest one. She practices opening her seat belt buckle, and makes sure that "in the unlikely event of a drop in pressure", I know I need to put my oxygen mask on before I help her put hers on.

    Sometimes I worry that her careful attention is a manifestation of fear. Perhaps she's just testing out what it feels like to toe the line. But every time it happens I am reminded how much I treasure the fact that 99% of the time, she marches to her own drumbeat.
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.