Saturday, November 17, 2012

Children must be taught how to think...

...not what to think.

Margaret Mead

Because my child loves nothing more than to experiment with my patience, this happened:


Does peanut butter actually remove wads of gum from hair? Yes. It takes some elbow grease, but it definitely works. 

Did I garner the slightest bit of satisfaction from having to aggressively comb it out? Probably.

Do you think this experience will prevent him from doing it again? Nah.

And now a poem from my childhood. I wish I'd know then how wise indeed Shel Silverstein really is.


“I cannot go to school today"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox.

And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.

I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in.

My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,

I have a sliver in my thumb.

My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,

I think my hair is falling out.

My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,

There's a hole inside my ear.

I have a hangnail, and my heart is ...
What? What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is .............. Saturday?

G'bye, I'm going out to play!” 

Shel Silverstein

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