Monday, May 13, 2013

Teaching little boys

This weekend was full of teaching moments.  It's times like these when I really remember just how much we need from each other.  Not one of us has all the answers, nor could we, even if we tried.  We have to depend on other people- doctors, lawyers  tradespeople, specialists- to help us navigate a world in which information is so abundant as to be incomprehensible.  We need to be both students and teachers in many aspects of our lives.  This weekend was time to teach.

Saturday, I spent a few hours weeding and replanting the flower bed in front of the business my husband works at.  The flower bed had become a weed patch, and while many of the weeds had been cut down before I got there, there was, and still is, a great deal of work to do.  On hands and knees, I pulled weeds with my kids.  I raked debris to one end of the bed. About that time, I got  new helper, the son of the business owner, and I got the opportunity to teach him how to plant flowers and a few names and fun things about the plants we were planting.  My kids have these lessons already, but it was fun to pass them on to someone else.  Sunday, I taught my friend that baking soda is pretty marvelous stuff. Her daughter had been stung by a bee and had a swollen foot.  Baking soda paste and mud have been the two household remedies I learned from my grandmothers, and I used them again.  Then, my friend's son got an earful about why rules are different from place to place- his daddy's wading pool on a wooden deck isn't the same type of dangerous as the in-ground pool at our apartment.

What you know is valuable.  So, when the opportunity arises, I really hope you pass some of what you know on, because you never know who else might find it useful and who might be able to put it into practice.

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