featured art by Melissa T, 2017
It is simple to breed creativity in your children. Give them time for their minds to wander, undistracted by electronics and media. Don’t clutter up their schedule with nonstop activities. Finally, let them be resourceful with stuff you already have, and you will be surprised with what they can come up with!
This time creativity took the form of the world’s smallest pencil, which Melissa created today, a pencil meticulously put together to replicate a larger standard yellow pencil. I kid you not, it measures 2 mm in length, complete with lead at the tip, wooden yellow body, and a real rubber eraser. She made me a larger version of the pencil, a little over a centimeter in length, as well as one in between! I took my time marveling at these creations, that in my mom opinion belong in a museum. It may seem like something absurd and trivial to outsiders, but I know it reflects inner creativity and expression.
The common virus which has been holding us hostage in our home, is in its last phase and everyone was feeling better. Consequently, we did a little more schoolwork today. Systems of equations in Algebra 2 perplexed Sarah, and I assured her I would give her assistance as soon as I reviewed the material myself. Oh dear, it’s that Gaussian Elimination principle again. That has a horrible sound to it, to boot. I had a hard time internalizing the concept a few years ago with Sabrina, and of course it has inevitably popped up again. A little more patience and repetition and hopefully I will understand it enough to help Sarah. We can’t afford a math tutor so we’ll get through it somehow. Sabrina finished her second Interior Design project for the community college, reflecting the eight principles of design. And Melissa is counting the days until her next library book arrives so she can disappear into its pages for a few days, the book lover that she is. Much happier day with good health back in our lives.
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May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette