I love the word ponder. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the verb ponder as "to weigh carefully in the mind" or "to consider carefully." My sister, Judy, taught the word to my 5-year old granddaughter, Allegra, when we visited her a couple of weeks ago. Allie grasped the meaning of the word and was using it correctly in no time at all. One morning, she was sitting at the table with a puzzled look on her face, and I asked her what she was doing. She replied, " I'm pondering which toy I should take to school for show and tell." Her response made all of us smile, and after thinking about it carefully, she made a decision and took action. Pondering a situation is important - but action is necessary or nothing ever gets done.