Annabel did a lot of reading while she was home with pneumonia. One of her favorite books was Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (which I hiiiiiighly recommend for kids). She’d flip through the pages and shout out little facts about the women she was learning about, like Ada Lovelace or Mae Jemison. She was particularly intrigued by Malala Yousafzai and some of the other young activists featured in the book.

Yesterday, after reading some of the stories to James, Annie asked us what she could do to “make the world a better place” like the women she’d read about. Mike and I were like, “Uhhhhh…” but before we could come up with anything, Annie answered her own question. “I know! I’ll make signs reminding people how to be good!”

She went off to her room with some paper and colored pencils, and we thought that was the end of it…until she returned a few minutes later with a stack of signs. “OK! Let’s go put these up around the neighborhood!” Mike and I were like, “Uhhhh…” but she insisted, so off we went.

Her signs were so earnest (and so funny).

STOP! Being mean! START! Being nice!
STOP! Being mean! START! Being nice!

STOP! Saying no to good! START! Saying yes to good!
STOP! Saying no to good! START! Saying yes to good!

STOP! not caring. START! caring
STOP! not caring. START! caring

She also had signs that said things like, “STOP LITTERING! START CLEANING!” and “Help other people! Don’t ignore them!”

After she hung up all of her signs, she said, “I think I deserve some ice cream now.” Well played.

Our street is one of the main ways to get to her elementary school, so this morning she beamed as she watched her schoolmates stop to read her signs. “My signs are making people happy! It’s working!”

Can’t wait to see what else this girl does to change the world.