Thursday, January 14, 2010

Things I've Learned Thursday

1) It's important to teach kids about human kindness in the midst of suffering in ways that they can understand. It's never too early to start. Recently, I began to talk to Baby Boo about kids that have mommies and daddies that can't always buy them shoes or clothes because it cost a lot of money. I explained to her that sometimes they need someone to help. With that came the lesson of donating money in the childhelp rescue fund.

2) When it feels like the rug is being pulled out from underneath me once again, I have the choice to curl up in a fetal position or get to a place of quiet and calm and pray and think things through. He does make a way out of what seems like the impossible...I just need to be still and hear His voice.

3) Peer pressure starts at even the age of two and three. Baby Boo was working on a coloring activity at the library preschool time when the kid next to her (3 1/2) tell his mommy, "That girl isn't doing it right. She's supposed to color like me." Baby Boo continued to work on her mitten project without being moved but I was moved instead. I wanted to tell the kid to mind his own business and let her create HER way. Instead, his mom attempted to defuse the situation by telling him that not everyone will do things his way. He continued to argue with her that Baby Boo's wasn't good because it wasn't like hers. I smiled at the mom because I recognized her attempts to explain the significance of individuality.

4) When I think my fishing line is "stuck on something" it really isn't stuck but has caught a big fish. I mean, really big fish!



5) I love Shel Silverstein for the short, creative ditties written in his books. Here is one from a Light in the Attic.

THE LITTLE BOY AND THE OLD MAN

Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the little old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
"I do that too," laughed the little old man.
Saaid the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
"But worst of all," said the boy, "it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
"I know what you mean," said the little old man.

6) When you're trying to stay on a diet but have a taste for something sweet, a spoonful of frozen Cool Whip and a few chocolate chips will curb your appetite for ice cream.

7) You just never know what the boy in your class at school will become. One of my former high school classmates is now a world famous artist with paintings selling for $45,000.00 on up. He was always drawing even during class time. His yearbook note to me had a picture drawn by his signature. I wonder if it's worth something???

8) Road rage from the elderly is scary stuff! I had a man that looked to be in his 80's almost run me off the road, while yelling obscenities because he was anxious to make a right turn. We ended up at Trader Joe's, parked next to one another and for a quick second (just a quick second), I thought about keying his car. No, I didn't act on it and even that thought was horrible of me but it sure did make me feel good visualizing me doing it. Then, I thought to myself, "Maybe he's irregular or something," and let it go.

9) Men are definitely less indecisive when it comes to changing their looks. Boo shaved off his mustache within seconds of considering it. Me? It takes me hours to decide whether to switch my part in my hair to the other side.

10) I hate toilets that automatically flush. The other day, I wasn't even finished before it flushed and then when I wanted it to flush. It wouldn't. I waved my hand by the sensor. Wiggled and then sat back down. Then got back up. Then threw a piece of toilet paper in to trick it and still it didn't flush. So, I stood there for two minutes and then finally, it flushed again.

What have you learned?

17 comments:

Mari said...

You've learned good things!
That is one big fish! I love Shel Silverstein too. And you made me laugh about the auto flush toilets, but I know what you mean!

Deidra said...

I have learned that Baby Boo is blessed to have you in her life!

Anita said...

I like Shel Silverstein too.

Today I learned that I was right about getting the cable guy out to my house instead of believing the service rep when she said, "Oh, we'll send you the boxes and you can do it yourself."
The cable guy was at my house an hour and a half.
Always ask a lot of questions.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Shel Silverstien is priceless.
The toilet thing had me cracking up - so true!

blueviolet said...

I hate auto flushing too! Plus it sprays up and out of it onto you.

LOVE Shel Silverstein! And your giant fish!!!

Helene said...

Wow, those are all wonderful lessons!!

You know what I really loved reading was that Baby Boo was able to still go about her coloring even though that little boy made the comment that he made. She took the higher road and continued doing things her way, which shows strength and individuality!

#2 is awesome as well! Thanks for the reminder!

That is one big ole mama fish you caught! My kids are aching to go fishing but I don't want to be the one to have to touch the fish or clean it...yuck!

Frau said...

Love the new layout...love your lessons! Hate those toilets too and my hubby is same way makes a split decision and it's done! Have a wonderful weekend!

Elle Bee said...

#1 and #3 have happened to me just recently too!
I thought, way to go Baby Boo--you just keep on coloring and don't pay attention to what other people say!

My name is PJ. said...

I so enjoy your Thursday posts!

I'm struck, when I read certain items, that when you pause, the situations turn out better. I think this strikes me because I am a 'knee-jerk' reaction type all. too. often. So, you see, I learned something from you.

The automatic bathrooms: toilets/sinks/paper towel/lights - they startle me continuously, beginning to end! I guess if you're going to have the p*** scared out of you, it's a good place to be!

Nezzy said...

Your fish story reminded me of a couple years ago we were out on the lake and I really thought I had snagged the bottom of the lake. Twenty minutes latter I landed a 22 pound fish! Hubby didn't tell me till then I was using a six pound line!

The toilet thing, me too! Sometimes I have to do a little song and dance to get the dang thing to flush when finished.

I always enjoy your lists Simone. You have a blessed day my friend!

Danica said...

You just crack me up!!!!

Baby Boo is so lucky to have you.

You are such an amazing woman with so much to offer!!!

Vegas Linda Lou said...

I'm so happy that you at least thought of keying the old guy's car. You're such a beautiful person and seem so angelic, Simone, it's nice to know that every once in a while you, too, are tempted with an evil idea!

Love the picture with the fish! XOXO

Christella said...

I hated leaving a toilet that wouldn't flush so I finally asked the attendant what to do. She told me about the button to push on the toilet to make it flush. So I learned how to do it.

Baloney said...

I'm so glad that momma at least tried to teach their kiddo. Too often they don't.
Auto flush toilets are awful! My son calls them "magic potties."

Deb said...

I learned how much I missed reading you! Happy New Year...I'm excited to be back in the blogosphere...

Joanna Jenkins said...

Whoa Simone! That. Is. One. BIG. Fish!

Next time you're at the library with the coloring police kid, think of your wealthy artist friend. Boo is right behind him!

Have a great weekend.
xo

sherry ♥ lee said...

I've learned that I always love coming here and catching up with you!

You have the most AMAZING outlook on life and it's contagious!! :)

Baby Boo is so blessed to have you in her life and I smiled when the other mother spoke to her son to explain about individuality. Best of all, Baby Boo heard that too and knows now that there really are times in life when justice comes first and others will take a stand for you. THAT is a wonderful lesson! :)

As for the "old" guy bad driver, I loved and laughed at his "irregularity"...you crack me up!!!

 

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