Daily Life, Deep-ish Thoughts, Family

The Acorn and the Tree

I change blog backgrounds and layouts the way some people rearrange furniture. I’m never satisfied. I’d really like to find a look that’s just . . . me . . . and stick with it. A brand, if you will. But I still haven’t been able to find one that suits me for longer than a few weeks at a time.

On the plus side, I have about a gazillion blogs, so I can play to my heart’s content. On the downside, I have about a gazillion blogs, so once I discover something I like, I’m compelled to go make changes on all of them.

Today’s new, fun thing is the ability to add cute buttons to my website — which takes me a while since I’ve never had any classes in html coding, and probably wouldn’t learn anything if someone offered me one, even for free. I’m a hands’ on learner. I much prefer to be left alone to try and fail and try again on my own. All I need is a source I can go to when I have questions.

And, of course, I do have questions. All the time. But Google is great for answering them. If I want to know how to create a link using a picture, for example, I just type my question into the search bar and voila! My quest is … well, not over. It’s really just beginning. Because not every response that pops up is one I can use or even understand.

Admittedly, my method of learning takes a while, It might be faster if I could sit in a classroom and absorb the material someone was willing to dole out for me, but when I do that, my mind begins to wander and my imagination takes off, and pretty soon I’m a million miles away.

I’ve recently discovered that Daughter #2 and Granddaughter #2 (aka the Pixie) are the same way. I think I always knew that Daughter #2 was like me, but it’s been a while since she’s actively had to learn something new. I mean really learn something new. Now that she’s started a new job, her preferred method of learning has become apparent once again.

When the Pixie started kindergarten last year, we realized that although she has a brilliant little mind, she needs a reason to learn before she’ll apply herself. She wasn’t interested in learning her sight words until I wrote her little stories using the words so she had a reason to learn them.

:::sigh::: I guess it’s true that the acorn doesn’t fall very far from the tree. And I guess it’s all right, although there are easier ways, I’m sure. But I’ve survived learning the hard way and I guess they will too.

photo credit: Question Mark Yield Sign via photopin (license)
photo credit: Acorn via photopin (license)

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