One of the key attributes of a guru is that they give the right answer to the wrong question.
I was walking with Willow (age eight) today and threw out as idle conversation “Do you have a favorite day fo the week?” Immediately upon uttering it i realized that it was a poor question, it required choosing probably inappropriate favorites in the very complicated schedule of my sons life. He being perhaps cleverer than me replied. “No. But i have a favorite season. I want it to be summer. I want to climb our mulberry tree and sit on the branch and eat fresh fruit with my checks puffed out like a chipmunk. I cant wait.”
The other mark of a guru is that they can advise you of the lense thru which you might see the world.
I make a lot of snacks for Willow. This has been something of a stretch from me, in that my culinary skills are poor to say the least (rumor has it my last three dinners are all superfund sites). So i was making him a PB & J sandwich in the Llano kitchen, while he was contemplating becoming a kitchen stocker as one of his community jobs. As i often do, i stole a few bites of his food. He directed me to eat the crust which he was slowly eating first. “To save the best part for last?” i asked. “Of course” he replied and then added “You are supposed to say ‘How Dutch'” [Willow’s mom is Dutch.]