Days of Being: October 16 (Katie MacGuire)

I teach my daughter how to hold her books and folders in her arms the way others, for whom this comes naturally, hold their books and folders so she can walk to class without dropping everything, without creating a scene, without drawing the laughter of her classmates. I can teach her this because I’ve had to put more thought into it than most people. Like a sculptor, I’ve had to study the angles and give attention to the placement of the arms, the fingers. I describe everything to her and demonstrate for her so she can practice. I’m able to help her become more capable because of my failings.

This entry is inspired by an ordinary moment from one of Katie MacGuire’s October 16s. Katie lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband and 4 kids. She runs a media-tech startup and is learning how to cope and parent with ADHD. 

Your Turn:
What is something ordinary you’re qualified to teach to someone else?

Also, take a few minutes to record an ordinary moment from today because our ordinary moments matter. I’d love for you to share your ordinary moment in the comments below. Or you can send me a few sentences about one of your ordinary moments and I’ll write a Days of Being entry to post online. If you’d like to participate, email me at

Days of Being is a micro-memoir project exploring memories and moments from every day of the year. Multiple years from my life and others’ lives are represented within the project celebrating what Madeleine L’Engle once said: “I am still every age that I have been.”