Huzzah to Daniel Paquette!

Nominated by Kelsey Van Voorst

Recently I witnessed some of the most impressive interpretation I have ever seen. Daniel Paquette was working in the carpenter shop in Prairietown, which is one of his usual posts. It was near the end of the day when a mom, her three year old son and infant came into the shop. Watching Daniel work with the young boy was something incredibly magical.
He talked to the little boy about how he could make things from wood from trees that he cut down. His mother said, “You have some toys made from wood at home”. Daniel then instinctively went and got the wooden “dancing man” toy from inside and proceeded to show the little guy how it worked. Daniel said to the little boy, “This wooden man really likes to dance. Do you know a song that you could sing to the wooden man so he can dance?” The little boy was shy, so Daniel whistled “Yankee Doodle” and made the little wooden puppet dance. The kid was enthralled. Slowly but surely Daniel got the kid to interact with him and even play with the wooden puppet himself.
What I admired most about this interaction was Daniel’s patience. He didn’t give up when the boy got shy and didn’t want to sing or dance with him. He took baby steps and moved at the child's pace. There was a beautiful interaction that blossomed from his patience.
If anyone wants a masterclass on early-childhood interpretation, just go watch Daniel out at the McClure shop sometime.​