Read, Write, Rest, or Cook

I’ve had a busy last few days… I’ve extroverted way too much… you introverts out there know what I mean…so I am grateful for a quiet day… one where I don’t need to leave home… a day to recharge my batteries… so that I can extrovert again… when need be… which will probably be tomorrow…

While we have a day at home… Bertha… has recommended that I do the… Three R’s… I learned from Mrs. Wallace… my favorite Kindergarten teacher… now… they are probably a little different that the ones you are acquainted with as no math is involved… these go like this… read… write… rest…

So… I’ve done some of all three today… and… I added one of my own… cook… which doesn’t fit into the alliteration…but there is something about preparing good food… and then eating it… of course… that is grounding… especially when that food included… homemade mac and cheese… with a pork chop and some greens… a meal that made doing the dishes worthwhile… and… no… Bertha… did not help with the dishes… but she made good smacking noises as she cleaned her plate…

Basically… Bertha… says you don’t have to… read… write… rest… or… cook… it can be any activity which helps you to recuperate and reground… just be sure you make time for it… somewhere in your busy schedule…

Jane

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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