Players…

For several years…I’ve had a little gadget on my desk…the base is a magnet…and it had ten little metal men…which are clips…that could be arranged in multiple ways…I’m sure it’s meant to be…a…stress reliever…

At first…I kept it over to the side…accessible only to me…and…every so often…but not very…I would play with them…

Until…

One day…I moved it to the other side of the desk…and…very interested children…started to play with it…and…what I noticed was…it kept their attention…as they were waiting for medicine…or a band aid…they were totally mesmerized…by the magnet…and…the ten little men…

And…then…just like the…little Indian song…there were…nine…and…eight…and…seven…

Until…there were…six…

A student recently observed…that someone had been…stealing…my little men…as she played with them…between inhaler puffs…implying that I should do something…to…prevent it from happening…

Thankfully…Bertha…had gone to work with me that day…and…she explained…that…yes…having the little men accessible…put them at risk…but…that when they were out of harm’s way…so to speak…there was…no pleasure…no one enjoyed them…and…that it was worth the risk…of losing them…for all the pleasure they brought…

Her answer seemed to satisfy the student…who returned to class…leaving me to…contemplate…the message…thatBertha…was actually giving me…

And…it came out as this…

Sometimes in life…playing it safe…isn’t playing…at all…

Hmmm…

Jane

Off Season…

Growing up…I dressed by several rules…among my favorites…

Don’t wear white before Easter…or…after Labor Day…and don’t wear winter clothes in between

Today…I’m breaking the rules by wearing a sweater…not the light weight cotton variety that is acceptable in mid-May and actually throughout the summer…but…a really warm…snuggly one…one that I wore all winter…one that will really keep me toasty…on this cold and rainy day…

And…as warm and snuggly as I feel…I feel an equal amount of discomfort…what will people think…

Enter…Bertha

Hello…people will think that it’s cold outside…the high is supposed to be sixty…with no sun in sight…people will think my blue sweater matches my eyes…people will think about a million other things…none of which pertain to my choice of clothing for the day

Of course…she says it also relates to my life as well…reminding me…that people usually have too much of their own stuff going on…to spend any time thinking about me or mine…even if I want them to

Hmmm…I know she’s right…and…as reassuring as it sounds…somehow…it doesn’t make me feel much better…I mean…really…nobody’s thinking about moi

Jane