Monday, November 22, 2010

Perfect Moment Monday

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Moment #1: His assignment is kinda vague. Write down a quote from someone that has inspired you, and then explain why and how it inspires you. Pretty complex stuff for an 11 year old. Especially one that, while there are times he does get philosophical, most times is interested in Mad Magazine, Star Wars and SuperHero Squad. I try not to lead him--this has to come from his own experience. I tell him that he should think of a famous person that he is interested in. I mention Gandhi (he doesn't know who he is, I explain a little of the history of Gandhi, etc. and realize we are getting off track). I then think about that biography project he had last year on Albert Einstein. He was really excited about him and talked a lot about him for weeks afterwards...even said that he wants to be a scientist when he grows up. I mention this to him. And he comes up with a quote on his own. And it fits my son very well. I don't even think he realizes how well it fits him.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”--Albert Einstein

Moment #2: She is so deeply frustrating! She likes celery--sort of...cuz I find bits of celery on the floor...and then find her taking one stalk after another stalk and chewing on it. And then--she spits it out...ONTO THE FLOOR!! She is into everything, climbing on top of the couch, trying to open drawers. And now she is under foot while I try to cook. Ugh! I want her to go away, so I can do this! But. I help her get the step stool over near me. I give her the bag of peas ("Ooohh...cold!") and I help here pour them into the pan. I have her hold the measuring cup while I pour the liquid into it. I watch as she pours the dry ingredients in (some are all over the counter now). And I do it with a smiling encouragement. And she is beaming and proud of herself for helping me cook!


Sheri said...

I'm visiting from WriteMindOpenHeart to check out your Perfect Moment!

Both of your moments are wonderful. The quote is awesome...especially for an 11 year old.

And the moment with your daughter...a great reminder of how important the "little" things are.

Thanks for sharing your Perfect Moments!

Lavender Luz said...

That does sound like a perfect quote from your son.

Daughter is going to help me cook tonight. I will remember how you reframed your perfect moment and try to have one of my own.

JJ said...

I can imagine her helping you cook--sounds like a perfect Mommy-W moment :)

RobinJP said...

I love that quote... I think we can all share that one.

Your cooking moment makes me think about Thanksgiving.. and all the Thanksgivings coming up this week. Here's to celery on the floor and opening up our hearts to helpers.

Lin said...

What a perfect quote! Love it! And, love that you coook with your kids. Can't wait to bake cookies with my little man! :-)

Thanks for sharing your Perfect Moment!

Miss K said...

I love Einstein because he really did overcome some big hurdles in his life. Luke loves to help cook and it is a good way to keep toddlers busy.

DaisyGal said...

both of those moments were really that you were there to witness them, help them along and delight in the "after"