Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Less is More

I was at the gym last week and just dragging. I decided to do my usual bike routine, but cut back on the intensity. I usually start at level 3, and wind up at level 16 or so. But I couldn't do it. So I just stayed at level 3. At the end of 45 minutes, I was shocked to see that I had burned more calories, and increased milage. Why? Because I was able to pedal faster without all that tension.

Why am I writing about my workout?

The parallels are there. To homeschooling. On some days, my son just can't do it. He doesn't have the emotional strength to handle learning. So, we take it easy. Work at level 3, or 2, or 1. Or on some days, not at all. Because we can. Because that's the point of home schooling.

Because, sometimes, that's the point of life.

Slow and steady wins the race. Less is more. Blah, blah. The point is, and I do have one, that there's just no need to push past the point of reason. Do what you can, when you can.

See, I told you there was a point. :-)

Peace out.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pretend Play

AJ loves superhero and superhero action figures. I guess that's pretty typical for 8 year old boys. Normally, when we play with his actio figures, one of them is the bad guy (which I always have to be), and one of them is the good guy, and they fight. I have to do the sound effects, and I have to lose - because the bad guys always lose, right?

So, when he got out his new Batman (is that one word?) and Bruce Wayne action figures, I thought I knew what was coming. I could not have been more wrong.

"OK, Mama, you be Bruce Wayne. Let's pretend he is Batman's financial advisor."

WHAT?!?!?! Oh, yeah - financial advisor. And he's trying desperately to get Batman to make sound financial decisons. So I actually had to say things like this:

"Batman, I've been looking over my spreadsheets, and it is quite plain that you are spending WAY too much on capes. And black shoes. How many black shoes do you need?"


"Batman, you need to diversfy your portfolio. Seriously - way too invested in companies that make masks and black material"

Yeah - I've got a million of them. And, for some reason, AJ thought these were all hysterically funny, and made me say them over and over.

I think someone's been watching too much Bernie Madoff coverage. Where does he come up with this stuff!?!?!

Peace out.