Each Wednesday (or thereabouts) I’ve been recording a Curiosity Journal to recap the previous week using these tag words: reading, playing, learning, reacting and writing. Sometimes I mix up the order, just to keep you on your toes.
Care to join me?
Concerned that my kids are ignorant of current events, I announced that we should at least be aware of headlines. In response, two of the girls moaned. “Oh, Mom! Do we have to? Can’t we please just talk about the highlights of our day?” One of them even flopped her head against the table.
Sorry, kids, but the world is far bigger than the goings-on of our suburban cul-de-sac. Tonight, we’ll begin reading the paper together—starting with headlines and brief summaries.
They are thrilled, I tell you. Just thrilled.
Yesterday’s description of Sunday mornings at the country church where I worshiped as a tween and teen seemed to hit a chord with people.
My 11-year-old son has been making cornbread, in search of the perfect recipe to submit to our church’s chili-and-cornbread cook-off. His plan is to make several small pans for the family to try, and we’ll keep comparing and ranking until we arrive at the top pick. He has not asked for any help from me.
“Where are you getting your recipes?” I asked.
“Online,” he said. “I like ‘Food.com.’ Have you heard of it?”
“Oh, yes,” I said, impressed with his resourcefulness. “I use it a lot.”
“Well, I like it because I can change the number of servings and it automatically recalculates all the ingredients. I don’t have to do any math! It does it for me!”
I never noticed that feature. I’d prefer that he practice his math, but I have to admit, it’s a clever tool.
To experiment, I pulled up a random recipe—somebody’s sweet cornbread recipe, to stick with the cook-off theme—and sure enough! Just under the word “Ingredients” is a gadget with arrows. After clicking on it, I can type in another number and “update” to the new measurements.
I might try it, because to be honest…I don’t like doing the math either.
My eldest daughter, a high school senior, is preparing for a couple of photo shoots. First, her sister and I will try our hand at some shots. If none of the them turns out to her satisfaction, we’ll hire a pro. But it’s fun to try first. This weekend is our last big effort before calling in the experts.
I’m gathering ideas for poses and props on Pinterest. Some are pretty silly, I suppose, but I pinned them anyway. Teen girls like to pose.
Writing that story about my early days of faith makes me wonder what life stories I might tell…and, more philosophically, I wonder what stories need to be told?
At the same time, I must also ask what stories need to be left alone.
How do you decide which is which?
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