Share Your World 2016 – Week 36

Come on, you know you’d like to share some things about yourself. Just hop over to Cee’s place and get the details about how to participate in this project.

Question  # 1: List 2 things you have to be happy about.

1. Knowing Jesus Christ personally
2. Having the opportunity to write things that encourage, entertain, and help other people.

Question # 2: If you could take a photograph, paint a picture, or write a story of any place in the world, where would it be?

PIC FOR SM.MT. SERIES COVER - FB - smallerMy first choice would be the Great Smoky Mountains, and my second choice would be the coast of Maine. But, in fact, I have taken loads of pictures of the Great Smoky Mountains, and I have written a whole series of novels set in those mountains. So part of my dream has come true. (The following is an advertisement: If you’d like to read some or all of the stories in my Smoky Mountain Series, just follow this link to my Amazon author’s page and you’ll find the first four books in digital available at the Kindle Store. There’s also a free Kindle app available for any device in case you don’t have your own Kindle.)

Question # 3: Should children be seen and not heard?

Absolutely not!  Children are so full of life and so fresh (until we adults pressure them into the corrupted, dogmatic, politically correct molds we’ve made for ourselves). The freshness and zest for life make children a source of energy and revelation that we all need to take advantage of from time to time. I’ve learned so much from kids, and as a teacher, I was constantly amazed at the depth and creativity I found in young people.

Now, of course, I saw discipline problems as well. But in general, the truth is that if parents begin early to develop good discipline in their very small children, that discipline will carry through into adulthood. (The biggest problem I see is that most parents have no self-discipline themselves, and because of that they cannot discipline their children. Hence, the kids pick up the parents’ undisciplined life-style, and we have the problem multiplied over and over.)

The best answer to this question is that children should be disciplined, but not muzzled.

Question # 4: List at least 5 of your favorite first names.

Well, now, I’m going to have to list 6 in order to be fair to the girls and boys both.

Girls:  Hannah, Kate, Joy

Boys: Simon, Sebastian, Jonah

Bonus Question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m very grateful that I’ve had my new car to drive for the past two weeks. It makes life sooooooooo much easier.

This coming week, I’m looking forward to preparing the materials for my next creative writing class, which begins September 8.




WP Daily Prompt: Breaking the Law

Lawbreaker, 2nd Grade

It was during the first few weeks of second grade.  I remember it well.  It’s not that I haven’t broken the law since then, of course, but when I read the words to today’s prompt, this was the incident that came to my mind.

I was always a good student. And prided myself on being obedient as well. But one bright, sunny day, when all feelings were running free and easy, several other classmates and I returned to our classroom right after eating lunch. We had intended to get some things from our desks and go on outside to play, but, for some reason, we just started running around and playing tag right there in the room. Before we knew it, we were running at pretty full speed and evidently making a good deal of noise, because one of the teachers stepped into the classroom and called us to order in no uncertain terms.

Oh, the chagrin!   I had been caught disobeying the rules!  I just did not do such things!  How could I stand it?  But those feelings were quickly shifted to the back burner when she commanded each one of us to go to the chalk board at the front of the room and write our names on it so that when our own teacher returned from lunch, she would know exactly where to dispense punishment.

I didn’t even try to imagine what the punishment might be, because it didn’t matter to me at all.  I was already being punished in the worst way possible by being forced to write my name on that board — because I knew that my boyfriend, Joey, would see it when he came in from recess — and that was the worst shame I could imagine bearing!

But I was an intelligent little lawbreaker, and I had been so anxious to learn to read and write in my earliest years that I had taught myself to write in cursive even before starting school.  None of my classmates had learned cursive yet, so I came up with the bright idea that if I wrote my name on the board in cursive, Joey would not be able to read it. Of course, having broken one law already, I did not want to be caught again, so I dutifully asked permission of the attending teacher to write in cursive. 

I still worried that Joey just might be able to read cursive after all, but finally decided that I had done all I could do about avoiding the shame. So I obediently removed myself to the playground for the rest of the noon recess, and when we returned, we received a fairly light lecture from our own teacher. 

I never did learn if Joey deciphered my name. If he did, he was gallant enough to never bring it to my attention. Of course, at the end of that school year, my family and I moved to another state. So I can’t really say for sure if breaking the law interfered with my chance for a happy future with Joey or not.