Monday, December 08, 2008
Lately I've been a bit consumed by school. Actually totally ignoring it since I finished my test on Thursday (that test started at 7:45, which I had to go to on three hours of sleep), but I'm three tests away from being done for the semester... So it's still on my mind.

I've also been thinking a lot about kids. Maybe I'm ovulating?

Anyway, the two sometimes combine. And I think about how I definitely, definitely want to teach my kids to be different than me in a whole bunch of ways.

Take my style of doing schoolwork. It's always last-minute.

Even when I have really good intentions of getting a big project done ahead of time, or at least partly done ahead of time, it never happens. Even if I go sit at the computer with good intentions of doing, say, a paper or something, I usually end up avoiding it altogether. Instead, everything that'd due gets done the day before, whether it's a two-page response paper or an eight-page research paper. And sometimes "the day before" turns into "the entire night before."

So, like I said, I was thinking about how I could teach my children to be better about stuff like this. Project for school? I think I would help them set a timeline of goals, so the day before the project you just had to tie everything up. Do you think that would help a kid into becoming a non-procrastinating person?

I asked Chris how he was about doing schoolwork. He always does stuff ahead of time. Of course. You know, he said, you're always noticing things that need to be changed in a paper, so if you do it ahead of time then you have the opportunity to think about it and make those changes. Must be nice to be so organized, you know?

I really can't wait to have the kids. And I'm happy that they'll have some things I didn't. For example, I've always wished I could play an instrument. Chris plays the piano (and the guitar) and our kids will get piano lessons. When he plays sometimes in the evenings, I think of how proud I'll be when I have little kids that can play piano with Daddy. Is that silly?

Oh, yeah, and they're going to get swimming lessons, starting really young. You know Chris was captain of the swim team? Me.. Uh, yeah, I didn't learn to swim until I was 27 or so. I still can't get over that my mom never thought to teach me to swim or get me lessons or something.

Anyway, yeah. Back to schoolwork. (Ah, who am I kidding? That'll wait 'til tomorrow. ;)
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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