You know things are going to get ugly in Iowa when they cancel school and there isn’t even one flake of sonow in the sky yet. The forecast says we will
get eight inches of snow. That means at my house we will get sixteen inches of snow because we are located in a cul-de-sac and the wind blows and drifts all the snow from our neighborhood into our driveway. Shoveling is good for me, it gives me the opportunity to think of things to blog and write about but it makes me mad at the same time. It seems like such a waste of time. So it will be me against the snow God’s today. With my shovel in one hand and my bag of salt in the other, I will fight to the end. (And then I’ll let my husband take over when he gets home.)
Yesterday some local artists came to my daughter’s school to share their talents. One of the artists designed a beautiful vase and with the help of the kids decorated it beautifully. When it was finished she purposely dropped it and it shattered all over. My daughter was horrified. The artist told the class that you have to drop at least 3,000 vases before you are
considered a professional sculptor. I think the memory will stick with my daughter forever.
I have a similar memory. A speech teacher in high school once told us that whenever she got a new pair of shoes she would jump in a mud puddle the first opportunity she got. This sounded ridiculous to me. Why would anyone in their right mind ruin a brand new pair of shoes? But it wasn’t really about the shoes at all. It’s a teaching method designed to burn things into your mind.
Breaking a vase and jumping in a mud puddle with new shoes on are not normal and that’s what makes the memories stick with us. These teachers are
special because they know this and because they use it as a teaching method. How do we repay them for this? By breaking beautiful vases and jumping in mud
puddles with our new shoes on and thinking about them while we do it. Or at the very least we use these ideas when developing book characters.
British Words of the Day – All right?
If a British person says to you, all right? It means hi, how are you? The American Equivalent would be, “hi, how are you.” Your response to, all right, should be, all right, even if you aren’t all right. It is asked as a
question. I guess our British friends are all right? Right?!
Have a good day passengers. Stay warm!