Saturday, September 06, 2008

Would This Have Motivated You?

Little Zachary was doing very badly in math. His parents had tried everything… Tutors, mentors, flash cards, special learning centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his math.
Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school. After the first day, little Zachary came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn’t even kiss his mother hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying.
Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work. His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner. To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before.
This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.
Finally, little Zachary brought home his report card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation, his Mom looked at it and to her great surprise, little Zachary got an “A” in math.
She could no longer hold her curiosity. She went to his room and said, “Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?” Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no. “Well, then,” she replied, “Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? WHAT WAS IT ALREADY?”
Little Zachary looked at her and said, “Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren’t fooling around.”

Isn't that just the best? As a teacher, I think this is hilarious!

Anyways, that great story was given to me when I showed up at tutoring today. I truly appreciated it and had to share. Today was a FANTASTIC day! I was able to tutor and that went well.

Next I headed over to the school where I spent a couple hours planning for Monday and doing a few projects that I had left piled up to do. It felt nice to get them done. Just as I was finishing up, my sister called to say she and her children were waiting at my house and no one was home. My wife had to run to the church to take care of a bulletin board and then to a friends to pick raspberries. Yummy! (We actually had some of the jam my wife made earlier this week for dinner and it was T-A-S-T-Y!!!!). It was really nice to see my sister. I love my family and I am glad that we all get along and have fun together. She stayed most of the day and we actually worked together and got 2 of the 5 pages I have to get done for the MailBox Magazine. I really enjoy freelance writing for them. I get to be creative and share my ideas with teachers all over the USA and world. So, if you subscribe, be looking for my ideas. They appear frequently. When my sister HAD to leave, I was a little sad. But she did have a 1.5 hour drive ahead of her, so I understand.

We had dinner, got the kids bathed, and now they are in bed and it our time to relax and visit. I love having my best friend around all the time. That is what my wife tells people when they ask if she likes living here: "Well, I have best friend and kids, so it doesn't really matter where we live!" I always smile a little when she says that. I love her lots. She is VERY excited because she is almost done making all her sets of words to sell. The celebration is only 2 WEEKS away! I can't believe that. But she is amazing and will be ready. If your near, you won't want to miss her amazing items for sale! (Had to put in a little plug for our booth! After all, isn't that good business?)

I have to tell you that several weeks ago (and I don't think that I ever even mentioned it) I took being a handyman into my own hands and hung some curtains in our formal dinning room (which is NOW a game/exercise room). Check out the picture.

This is the after- I forgot the before. But let me tell you what they were. There was TWO (2) sets of vertical blinds hanging. They went from wall to wall and covered two windows. There are not doors there. It was tacky and UGLY! We lived with it for the first two years, but enough is enough. So I took my little family to price the other night and we invested in new window treatments (as they would say on HGTV). They turned out really nice. We have also since updated the window treatments in our bedroom. We bought window scarfs (???). At least I think that is what they are called. They turned out pretty neat. That's all my amazing wife's job.

Well, I have plenty of other things to share. I have a fantastic picture of my little one after his doughnut and his chocolate full beard. I hope to have those pictures up for your viewing pleasure soon.

Don't forget to check out my BUCKET LIST on my sidebar. See what you think. What is YOUR bucket list? I plan to update it as I decide what I truly hope to enjoy and do before my life ends so day 50-60 years from now! LOL

And on that happy thought,


1 comment:

  1. Cute story. We all laughed, thanks for sharing! Your curtains look great. I wish you and your wife could come up here and help me decorate. You do a great job and your house looks amazing. Hope all is well. We are hoping to make it to GR to see the booth and all the fun stuff...I hope we do!


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