Lois M. Collins: Kids' summer 'bucket list' can foster real growth

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  • Lois Collins Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    Toosmartforyou, I think of it as a list of things you want to do before you run out of time. And summer is such a fleeting thing to a child. So I chose to use the word to capture that sense of before time runs out. I doubt the dictionary will change its mind about meaning because of anything I write, but I'm okay with that.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 21, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    As I understand it, a bucket list consists of things you want to do before you die so that you have no regrets as to missing something you really wanted to do in life. Calling a teenager's summer goals a "bucket list" seems an awfully strange use of the term. Surely they all think they are invincible and will never die, so why wouldn't they have literally decades instead of just one summer to do whatever they wanted? If that statement is true then it is not a "bucket list" in any sense of the term. Please be careful when revising meanings of words. (Remember when the phrase "That's OK" meant yes instead of no?)

  • schellmom denver, CO
    May 21, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    I love the "joy and the chaos" part. You really nailed my emotions. Thanks for reminding me it's about the experiences on the list, not just crossing items off.