Creating a “Thotful Spot”

JMJ  *When it is warm enough outside, I open up the sliding door, turn on the bubbling fountain, sit in my glider rocker, and ponder things. If I am really serious, I might lock the door for 10 minutes.  I have even been known to put a sign on my door as Pooh did in his own “thotful spot”. Everyone needs a place to sort things out now and then.

Ring the School Bell 54/180 Days

University applications took over my morning and afternoon, except for a CSUN campus tour, led by a campus ambassador, otherwise known as an enthusiastic student volunteer.

I love the simple stories of Winnie the Pooh.  The books and movies move at such a relaxed pace compared to the fast-action pace of so many children’s shows today.  Remember Winnie the Pooh Bear’s “thotful” spot?  According to Winniepedia:

http://pooh.wikia.com/wiki/Pooh%27s_thoughtful_spot

“Winnie the Pooh’s Thoughtful Spot is a place where Pooh thinks. It’s made up of a sign bearing the label, ‘Pooh’s Thotful Spot’, and a log.  Often when Pooh visits his “Thotful Spot”, he sits down, taps his head, closes one eye, and says, “Think, think, think.” That is a sign that he is thinking hard.”

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Cuddly ol’ Bear

I think everyone needs their own thoughtful spot to escape to every now and then. I have a couple.  One is right in my own bedroom.  It is a fantastic thoughtful spot for that sort of thing.  We have a huge glass sliding door, beautiful views of shrubs and flowers, and a bubbling fountain right outside the door.

When it is warm enough outside, I open up the sliding door, turn on the bubbling fountain, sit in my glider rocker, and ponder things. If I am really serious, I might lock the door for 10 minutes.  I have even been known to put a sign on my door as Pooh did in his own thoughtful place. Everyone needs a place to sort things out now and then.

Where is your thoughtful place? A word of advice, leave your phone in the other room!

After working on university applications for a while this morning, I went to my thoughtful spot with a cup of tea, only to find that Sabrina had taken over the space to work on college essays, which I guess is okay? You might say I am a little possessive of this space, but I let her be, since college essays are top priority right now.

After a while, it was time to drive Sabrina to College of the Canyons and while there I corrected schoolwork in the car.  On the way home, I grabbed some McDonald’s, something I reluctantly resort to infrequently, for convenience-sake.

I stayed up until 12:30am finishing up the planning for the mystery dinner party.  The mystery script is ready.  Possible motives and alibis for all twelve suspects, the birthday guests, are ready.  The suspects include:  Tigger, Pooh Bear (a guilty Pooh Bear, I don’t think so), Wilbur the pig, Charlotte, Kate Wetherall from the Mysterious Benedict Society books, Cinderella (really?) Snow White, Peter Rabbit, Minnie Mouse, Belle, and Remy from Ratatouille.  I can’t remember the twelfth suspect right now, it’s rather late and I seriously need a good night’s rest.  The goal of the party, is to solve the mystery of Melissa’s kidnapping during a 4-course kid-style dinner.  Sabrina and some of her friends are coming over to serve the food and add drama to the mystery.  Stayed tuned…

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

Start here to get the story from the very beginning:

https://onceuponaschoolhouse.wordpress.com/?s=what+comes+to+mind

Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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