July 30, 2009

“The World is your Oyster”


In exactly 4 weeks my youngest will be entering the first grade. Each day I try to spend at least 20 minutes working with the girls on “Summer Bridge” work to keep them fresh for school. Last week we reviewed familiar sayings from “What your first grader needs to know” by E.D. Hirsch Jr. Here are a few of my favorites:

“If at first you don’t suceed, try, try, again”.

“Never leave till tomorow what you can do today”

“Practice makes perfect”

While reading these, I’m thinking…”Heck Yea! first grade is going to be fun for “mi, bebe” This is good stuff. Buttercup Farm approved. I LIKE IT!!!

Excited about teaching a few familiar sayings got me thinking about one of the most quotable figures, BENJAMIN FRANKIN…so I pulled out a few of his quotes and read them to the girls……

“A good conscious is like a continual Christmas”

“Energy and persistence conquer all things”

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good at anything else”

“Work as if you were to live 100 years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow”

“Well done is better than well said”

“God helps them that help themselves”

YES, YES, YES!!!!!! (Not to sound too much like Meg Ryan in when Harry Met Sally)…but seriously….YES, YES, YES!!!!!! We need to slam these up somewhere, read them every day. THIS is the stuff I want to teach and show my children everyday. I want them to understand how much PERSONAL power they have in their lives.

Reading all of the quotes also reminded me of this story:

Recently I was on vacation and was talking to the most LOVELY 22 year old girl. I asked her if her friends had felt the effects of the economy and if so how. Here is what she told me…

She has two friends, college graduates, who were working in corporate jobs and were recently laid off. “That must be difficult”, I said, “so what are they doing now?” “Well”, she explained…”each of them have actually been offered several jobs but they turned them down because they are currently making more collecting unemployment than they would if they took the job”…

I’m thinking, “UM WHAT?????DID????YOU?????JUST????SAY??????”. I say, “They have been offered jobs?”

“Yes, they have both been offered several jobs but they make more on unemployment so they are sticking there until something better comes along.”

Um…maybe these girls need to go back to 1st grade to learn some “familiar sayings”. What about the opportunity cost of what they might learn while working at these jobs and staying employed…what about the fact that they are smart able bodied young women who could work more than one job to make ends meet? what about the gap on their resume? what about “God helps them who help themselves”…what about “A good conscience is like a continual Christmas”….what about “Work as if you were to live 100 years” what about….what about…what about….Oy Vey, I could go on for hours here but….SERIOUSLY??????

Ok…I’ll step off of my soap box now.

So, I think first grade is going to be fun.


Down home friends and what they say...

Comments (3)

Lisa said:

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all”. That is what I would have been practicing if I was talking with that girl and it would have been hard!

Sarah Turner said:

You go girl! I don’t even think I KNEW that you could collect unemployment till I was in my 30’s…that concept was so foreign to me and to my parents “giveaways” were so incredibly NOT an option that the possiblity something like that existed never entered my world. Hard work, making do with what you have, ending your day with a sense of accomplishment, whether it was pushing a broom or typing a boss’s letter…that was the important stuff.

Valerie said:

Wow…not even sure what to say.

While I realize that as young adults, these ladies make their own choices, what value system was impressed upon them while growing up? Clearly not the old adages of Benjamin Franklin and the like!

Good thing President Obama is trying to get government-managed health care passed (*sarcasm*); these girls are gonna need it.

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