Life is a constantly changing opportunity to play the game of “Associations.” You know the one I mean- when I say a word, you say the first thing that comes to mind (Christmas/tree, spring/garden, birthday/cake, etc.). I am learning a new group of associations. Fascinating.
Plumber/jackhammer. Not generally the first thought I would have had, but I am so grateful it is true. How else would they get to the collapsed cast iron pipe under my foundation? All drains are now working properly. YEAH!
Small children/medicine balls. We found two of these at one of our favorite “odd lot” haunts (6 and 10 lbs. respectively), and brought them home. What a wonderful thing! Having the young ones roll them around, use them to get through a quick obstacle course or two, or push them in laundry baskets helps so much with large muscle use on a cold winters’ day, and gets them turned back “on” for academic time!
Penmanship/white clay. For the eight-year-old, penmanship entails a piece of paper, a pencil, and the assigned items to write. For the six-year-old? Not so much. Due to the differences in learning style and approach, he is creating clay letters and using those for word creation. Since dyslexics see life in 3D, working with 3D letters helps him orient himself to the task at hand, and he is much more successful. Love it!
Cleaning/joy. During the last week, we have had the opportunity to help clear the family home following the death of my father-in-law. The eight, six, and four year-olds were troopers and carried things up the stairs from the basement so that they could be sorted and given away. When my sister-in-law commented on their ability to focus and work as hard as the adults, the eldest beamed at her and said, “we love to work! Especially with Grandpa in his garden!” And then he got back to the task at hand. What a payday for the parents and grandparents of that little boy (who is well on his way to manhood)!
Life is full of surprises, and the unexpected can be a learning experience all its own if we are watching for it! All these, and so many more, are a great reminder that I am not as smart as I wish I were-and that’s okay. Someone else has it covered, and He will send the unexpected and unanticipated to us when we need it!