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When The Student Is Ready The Teacher Will Appear
As many of you may have guessed, since I'm forever babbling and bragging about it, Gramps Heaven is anywhere and everywhere yours truly happens to be when accompanied by either of his Grandkids. The setting for this particular adventure was a cabin on an idyllic little lake, a destination chosen by Daddy's Little Girl for our annual summer getaway. Needless to say (but I will) this special time with my daughter, and now with her offspring as well, is something I look forward to every year. Not only do we get to visit some very cool camping spots, soak up the sun, overdose on treats, and explore the locales. But we also, much to my joy, always manage to find time to openly discuss whatever issues and/or ideas that happen to come to mind. And it's usually during these wonderful Father-Daughter discussions, if I'm awake, when one or more unique learning opportunities come my way. This year did not disappoint.
To put this situation into proper context, you have to appreciate that our angelic little three-year-old Granddaughter Kate has now reached that inevitable, devil-in-disguise, patience-testing stage where she thrives on pushing the boundaries. Which means, unfortunately for me, there are now increasingly frequent occasions when Gramps is challenged to transform himself from doting ol' dude into disciplinarian. And believe you me, I carry that responsibility seriously...for good reason. Because I know full well that if I don't, I myself will become the reluctant recipient of some child-rearing discipline, loving provided by Daddy's Little Girl. Such is our wonderful relationship.
So, each time my little Kate-Angel proceeded to test a boundary, I truly did attempt to come up with an appropriate response. Whether she was pinching, poking, or teasing her baby brother, or playing games with a preference for winning rather than fairness (a trait not unique to her, nor childhood), or stretching the truth when attempting to assure me that "Mommy said it's OK" (do you remember using that line?), I did my best. Unfortunately, "my best" wasn't working. It wasn't working for my wee angel-devil, as she continued to press forward, even harder. Plus, it wasn't working for me, as I could feel myself getting increasingly frustrated and emotional. It was time for Teacher to arrive.
Mommy, being ever-observant as both mother and daughter, quickly picked up on ol' Gramps' dilemma and came to the rescue. Did she ever! Within 5 minutes, in her calm, firm, logical way, she had me understanding the cause of my rising frustrations, along with a very simple solution. Turns out most of my frustration was really caused by the humbling fact that I couldn't figure out how to get wee angel-devil to listen to me, or do what I wanted (sound familiar?). The solution was oh so simple...and it's a keeper. When faced with situations where Angel's behaviour is inappropriate, or not meeting certain standards, simply discuss things in terms of her "making proper choices" rather than "do what you are told". One is choice, the other is force. And guess what? It worked like a charm, for both Angel and Gramps. But there's more.
Early next morning, while blissfully sitting alone by the lake, totally mesmerized by the sun beginning to rise softly over the horizon, it hit me. Aha! Choice versus force! That's "The Answer" to another challenging, frustrating situation that I've been dealing with at work (yes, I do work, sometimes). It dawned on me that using this new-found choice-strategy was by far the best way to properly address some significant shortcomings in a particular individual's performance. At that precise moment I felt every bit as exhilarated as I did way back in school, in one of those rare moments when I realized that I knew the right answer to the exam question. So there you have it. Over 60, still a student, joyfully attending the School Of Gramps Heaven, with my daughter as my teacher. Who could possibly ask for more?
For some reason I have this strange feeling that somewhere way out there, at least one of my old high-school teachers is grinning in his grave, thinking "Well it's about time, Ken".
My thanks to Rob Dumont, Wilma Leung, Debbie Lillejord, Brent Wilker, Jeanette Wilkinson, Jeff Melvin, Amy Spencer-Chubey, John Chepil, Barbara Young, Keith Roberts, Wendy McNeil, Pierre Proulx, William Peters, Jennifer Shaw, John Davies, Herman Rebneris, Courtenay Barnett, Jen Smith, Peter Sundberg, Fiona Harris, and Kris Walton for their comments, tips, and resources. I hope you find at least a wee bit of value somewhere in this newsletter.
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Dittie For Today: On Learning
Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, misfortune, red light, traffic jam, obnoxious supervisor (or employee), illness, loss, moment of joy or depression, addiction, piece of garbage and breath.
- Charlotte Joko Beck
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