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|Think Red, Black and White|
Posted On 2009-03-30 , 9:04 PM
My thirteen year old grand-daughter recently caught the reading bug. It happened with the popularity of the "Twilight" books. You know, the one about the good vampire. Last summer she started buying the books with her allowance and has read The Complete Twilight Saga Collection – more than once. She loaned them to her friends and they caught the reading bug, too. So when I say think red for vampire I'm sure you can guess why (bl**d is another word on my no-no list); and black and white is for the pages of a book. (Remember that old riddle: What's black and white and read all over? A newspaper.)
My grand-daughter doesn't know it, but she has inspired me to write an article for Buzzing Kids World about catching the reading bug. It can make big changes in a kid's life. Some of the older girls are chatting in Instant Messenger that they're "dumping" their boyfriends saying they're looking for someone more like Edward, the gentle vampire, if you can imagine that! Did I mention fantasy? Not my grand-daughter, of course, she's still into sports, not boys, and is on the Honor Roll at school. Did I hear someone say, "Sure, KidsGranny, not your grand-daughter!" Let me be, please, with my own fantasies – all my grandkids are angels. But aren't everybody's!
Here's a tip: Read to your kids. Have them read to you. It helps them dream of the possibilities – now and later!
|We Are All Cracked Pots|
Posted On 2009-03-22 , 3:46 PM
Sometimes I just feel like a cracked pot; but then I remember the story of the two water pots. Here's how it goes:
Long ago and in a faraway place, a water bearer had two large pots. Each was hung on the end of a pole, which he carried across his back. One pot was perfect. The other had a crack in it. [That's me... and you ^.~]
At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot was only half full. The pot was very sad about his imperfection.
After two years, the pot spoke to the water bearer, saying he was a failure and ashamed that the crack allowed water to leak out all the way back to the house.
The bearer said, "Did you notice that there are flowers only on your side of the path? That's because I have always known about your flaw. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. And every day while we walk back from the stream, you have watered them. For two years, I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."
The moral of this story is: Each of us has our own unique flaw. We're all cracked pots, but it's the cracks and flaws we have that make our lives interesting and rewarding. You have to take each person for who they are, look for the good in them, and help them recognize their strengths.
|Now and Then|
Posted On 2009-03-14 , 9:35 PM
I just wrote an article about Bakugan
the anime action adventure series. It reminded me of when my kids were growing up and how times have changed. Now (according to a forum I saw recently), and much to the consternation of some moms, their little tykes are running through their homes shouting the battle cry, "Bakugan Battle. BRAWL!"
Back when one of our little tykes (the one who is now past the mid-point of his life) strutted thru the house with a raccoon cap on his head, he proudly sang "Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier." He did carry a handmade wooden rifle over his shoulder in case he came upon a bear back then. (We were living on a military base in Fairbanks, Alaska then, too; I felt quite protected.) So things haven't changed too much in that regard; but, they sure have in the types of heroes, vocabulary, and styles, etc . . .
. . . and the hairdos. Now (actually a couple years ago) at a family function a teenage relative showed up with a spiked "do" and another time the same teenager was in "Goth." Then, I thought, "Oh my gosh, she's gone over to the dark side. Not so. She was and is a lovely young lady, an excellent student from a fine family, and headed for college in the fall.
Fooled you, didn't I, Dear Diary? I bet you thought I was talking about a male student, smoking funny stuff, skipping class and flunking out of school. I think that's called stereo-typing. That's a no-no. ^.^
|Heads Up For Math Students|
Posted On 2009-03-12 , 12:53 PM
March 14th is National Pi Day. No, we're not making this up. This Saturday, March 14, is National Pi Day. ∏ or "Pi" - as in 3.14159 (and on and on); March 14 - as in 3/14 ... you get the idea. This is a favorite day for math students and full-fledged mathematicians. So help them celebrate - compute, calculate, or bake a pie. Enjoy!
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