Our meeting today was an experiment. It was the "what will the Club do when I have prepared nothing for them to do?" meeting I thought we would try out a couple of meetings ago. We came up with some interesting results.
Most of the boys decided they wanted to be silly. Yes, that was an option that they wrote down on a list of things they could do. And the one they chose. So I politely asked them to get their shoes and coats on to take the silliness game outside. I did follow them out too, at a distance, as sometimes this group doesn't quite see how fast they are approaching the line named "too far". One clubber decided to build something while the others made up a hunting game. I wasn't sure what to make of the division in the group, but let it happen and watched what would unfold.
Eventually, the Clubbers got cold and wanted to come inside. This meant they all had to come inside. And they all played together quite happily upstairs until the meeting was over.
And what do I make of our meeting today? It's too early to tell. It's too early to determine whether the odd man out thing will be consistent. It's too early to tell how consistently the magic moments will appear, or if they even will happen consistently (magic has a funny way of appearing when you least expect it, I understand). It's too early to tell how often the silly game will trump opportunities for creating either individually or together. And I wonder if I will ever be able to figure out the triggers to the path they choose to take at our meetings, since I am not witness to how their day unfolds or to what extent they use the Club meetings as a time to decompress from the day.
So we'll take it meeting by meeting and see what we see.