That’s what the little girl who could solve any problem said. She had her trusty tools, a pair of knowing eyes, with a big smile, sunshine spilling from her heart, and a fearless mind.
She grew and some of her tools changed: a scalpel to replace the cookie for the same hand that once couldn’t color inside the lines could now open and find the root of the problem
She accompanied the scalpel with needle and thread to close it up after it was fixed leaving only a small scar as a reminder. She sculpted and solved, rearranged and put back together, drew and created – never saying no.
When the silhouette of pain emerged she’d rather take the pain than watch someone else suffer, she’d rather sleep 3 hours less but know she made someone smile, hide her tears to give another strength, she’d pour out her heart and soul if that meant creating a solution.
But she doesn’t have all the answers. And some problems can’t be fixed. Some problems just have to be and all you can do is be brave.
Sometimes it’s not about solving the problem. Sometimes its handing someone a band-aid and a cookie…our four. A sympathetic smile, a listening ear, and a comforting silence from the little girl who had all of the answers.
Marcelina is a senior at Columbia University studying Neuroscience and Behavior. Outside of academia, she's an EMT, a newbie to running, and an avid chef. Recently introduced to poetry and philosophy, she decided to try her hand at a new trade.