sounds that grip parents with fear

My kids are early risers, all 3 of them.  Saturday mornings at our house start no later than 7AM.  I am always amazed when friends mention sleeping til 9 or later on Saturday because that just doesn’t happen around our house.  On a recent Saturday morning, early Saturday morning, I was lying in bed trying to muster the energy to get up and I could hear the kids playing in the den.  I knew if I didn’t get up they would barge in and wake their mother up and that would just ruin everybody’s day (Amen?!).  Suddenly I heard pots and pans, my pulse quickened, my thoughts raced…thus the inspiration for this post…sounds that grip parents with fear early in the morning (dum, dum, duuuum)

  • pots and pans
  • the pitter patter of little feet, then THUD!
  • the pitter patter of little feet coming down the stairs then THUD, THUD, THUD, THUD…(wait for it)…THUD!
  • the pitter patter of little feet…on the roof (OK, that’s pretty much scary any time of the day)
  • power tools
  • the car starting
  • the garage door going up
  • duct tape being pulled off the roll
  • someone saying “How do you light this?”
  • the blender or mixer
  • the smoke alarm
  • someone saying “Watch this!” then hearing the dog yelp and claw at your door
  • the repeated opening of the fridge door
  • whispers just outside your bedroom door
  • whispers then giggles just outside your bedroom door

and finally, the sound that scares me most early in the morning…

  • complete silence…that’s when I know they are really up to something.

Add to the list, this ought to be fun.

JNS

Sir Ken Robinson’s thought-provoking words

My wife and I recently attended curriculum night at our kids’ elementary school.  If you’re not familiar with curriculum night, its basically the point at which the teachers get to tell the parents all about the curriculum that the kids will be studying during the school year.  If your kids are in 1st grade you attend the 1st grade presentation and so on.  Our boys are both in a supplemental gifted program and the gifted teacher showed the video below during her presentation.  I must give props to the teacher for having the guts to show this video; one because it’s rather long (almost 12 minutes) and two because it flies in the face of much of what education is doing these days.

The video made me think, it challenged me and it also gave language to much of what I believe about education but had never voiced or attempted to flesh out.  I have heard of Sir Ken Robinson but had never looked into his work; after hearing this I find myself quickly becoming a fan.

I must make a disclaimer here so you can understand some of the filter through which I processed this video; my wife is a teacher, though inactive at the moment, I have 3 children in elementary school and they are completely unique in each and every way, and lastly one of my children takes Adderall for ADHD.  All that said, I wholeheartedly believe that Sir Ken Robinson is on the right track here and that our education system is horribly ineffective in many ways and downright damaging in others.  I’d love to know what you think…if you have the patience to watch it all the way through.

thoughts from vacation…

The family and I got away for some much needed down time last week.  What follows are just a few of my memories and observations.

I saw a shooting start in the night sky over the Gulf of Mexico.  I’m very small, our God is very big.

My sons learned how to skim board.  I will never forget my oldest son looking up to find me after each and every attempt.  I realized that seeking daddy’s approval is truly a part of us all and I was so thankful that I was there to give him a thumbs up or a way to go.  Sidenote: I learned that rating wipeouts on a coolness scale makes them less painful, to the body and the ego.

We visited the National Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas and Fort Morgan.  Standing next to all of those intricately engineered planes and walking through the massive fortresses caused me to reflect on the American spirit and the men and women who keep us free and safe and I found myself very thankful for a sacrifice that I will never know or fully understand.

I heard a Bruno Mars song and realized that I don’t like Bruno Mars. (I’m putting together a post for this one)

We ate at Lambert’s Cafe (why oh why?!) and I found myself very disgusted at the gluttony of Americans.

My wife started using Evernote.  OK this may not sound like a big deal but if you knew my wife you’d know it is a big deal.  At one point she looked at me, as I was answering some of her questions on how to use Evernote, and said “This is turning you on isn’t it?“.  I nervously chuckled and moved on to the next question…hee hee.

The kids watched several videos on the way down and back, the Disney classics led to some funny quotes.

While watching Snow White my 8 year old remarked “She’s touching all of those animals with rabies, who’s stupid enough to do that?

While watching Pinocchio my 10 year old said “Uh dad, he just said jackass and Pinocchio is having a beer and a cigar…what’s up with that?

We had to rely on our neighbor to get our mail and pick our dog up from boarding because we were stuck in traffic.  Good neighbors are hard to find and a true blessing.

I hope your summer vacation was a good one.

JNS