The present is both
The past of the future
And the future of the past.
And the point of pointing this out
Is hopefully to compel you
To take a step back from going forward
To consider where you’re going.
May 29, 2014
It seems one of the hens was out to prove they don’t make egg cartons big enough.
She must have put a lot of extra energy into producing these out-of-the-ordinary creations…and into laying them! Ouch!
February 12, 2014
“I bought a wooden whistle and it woodn’ whistle.
So I bought a steel whistle, and it steel woodn’ whistle!
So I bought a tin whistle. Now I tin whistle.”
That’s from a very good scene in the four-time award-winning wonderful movie, Sweet Land. http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Land-Story-Elizabeth-Reaser/dp/B000P5FH26/
The movie is billed as a love story, but it’s not a simple chick-flick. It’s more about life, work, prejudice, respect, and choosing to love.
I have a favorite line from the movie, but if you haven’t seen it yet, I don’t want to tell you the line because it’s best heard in the movie’s timing. I will warn you though, that you have to listen close to this movie or you’ll miss a lot of value. This is a movie which while slow at times, takes all of your attention—and maybe a second watching.
I hope you get to see the film if you haven’t already, but in any case, you can make people smile and chuckle with the above rhyme 🙂
December 19, 2012
My nine-year-old son and I both “booed” after finishing a short story which started with two children being left alone on an island, and ended with them still there, abandoned by their only visitor, and one of the children vowing to find a way off of the island some day. I tried to console my son by saying that when I experience a sad story that ends without an “ending,” it makes me resolve to get busy making something happen in real life. I asked him, “Do stories always have to have a happy ending?” I continued, “Real life doesn’t have happy endings—it just keeps going and going.” To which he instantly replied, “That’s why we turn to stories!”
I think he’s right.
Most adults are busy, and we can sometimes accept taking a piece of a story to ponder its points as we go on with our activities; but remember being a kid, when a year seemed like eternity? Adults may have been around enough to know a hard time will pass in a day, or week, or year; but it’s hard for a child to hold out for relief which might be so far away—so they turn to fantasy. Time goes so slowly for children that they can’t always grasp from their own real lives, the sense of hope and joy they need; but they can get it from a happy ending to a story.
We all want to know that things will be okay in the end—the end of a situation, the end of a season of life, or the absolute end of one’s earthly life. We need hope for the future in order to keep going through anything less than perfect. We fuel that hope with stories, real and fictional. Stories give us a rest from our reality, and ideas to take back into reality. Sure, we can draw positive thoughts from a story that stops sadly, but that’s work, not recreation. We all–adults and children–need happy endings to feel relaxed and happy.
Life does keep going and going, but with lots of little happy moments, if not “endings.” For those who say that kids should not be taught to expect happy endings in life, I’d say they should be allowed the uplifting pleasure of happy endings in stories, AND taught to both look for and create happy passages in real life.
It doesn’t matter so much that life isn’t “happy EVER after” ONE struggle. It does matter that we CAN get through a struggle, and be happy—and so then we must be able to get through another struggle, and another. A happy ending gives hope for multiple happy endings to multiple struggles.
So don’t feel guilty for filling your kid’s heads with happy endings. And do make happiness come true, even in difficult times.
May 8, 2012
It’s been a very busy spring for me. I never meant to go so long without posting to this blog. But I’m coming back…
First stop was to check my other social sites (FaceBook, etc.), commenting on what others are up to and reposting some things I really enjoyed to FaceBook:
Next step is to add some valuable content to the web–some things I hope others will find helpful, or at least interesting. This is planned to happen really soon. I have lots of notes to edit into posts.
But right now I must complete an errand
Regarding a new business I am starting with a friend.
This will be a helpful business too,
And we hope it can help you.
I’ll let you know what it’s all about
Just as soon as the webpage is present to tout.
I have to finish drawing the logo,
And make sure the prices are in a row,
With a bit of fine print all in tow.
I have to finish the HTMLs
And double-check how everything spells.
(Yup, I checked, it spells “everything”. …..Just kidding.)
So, I’ll see you here again soon.
© 2012 NPM
January 18, 2012
How much sleep ever happens at a sleep-over? As little as possible!! “Wake-over” might be a more appropriate term, but that doesn’t sound good. Grow-ups would stop at the word “wake” and think someone died; and kids would think sleeplessness was encouraged.
When staying overnight with friends, even if put in bed with the lights out, kids stay awake and play for hours past their usual bed time, and then drag each other out of bed before the crack of dawn in order to make the most of their time together! During a 24-hour visit, kids are likely to sleep only 4-6 hours. That’s a 1:4 or even 1:6 ratio of sleep to play.
If you went to your job and only worked 2 out of 8 hours (or 2 out of 12 hours), wouldn’t that be called a working vacation day?
As a side note, the more deprived a child is of participating in sleep-overs, the less he or she is likely to actually sleep at one when given the chance. A child who regularly stays overnight at someone’s house, or who regularly has a child visit overnight, isn’t so excited and so is more likely to give in to the regular need of at least eight or nine hours of sleep.
So if the term “sleep-over” does not describe what happens at one, why is it used? Because it conveys that the child will be staying overnight, which doesn’t usually happen on “play-dates”.
So, how about a new term, “play-over” (as in, come play and stay overnight)?
…Nope, no one will bother to adopt a new term, especially when it’s fun to laugh at how little kids sleep on sleep-overs.