September 09, 2005

A Favorite Poem and a Weekend Vacation

I am headed out today to go look at houses and spend the weekend in a hotel with my husband and kiddos. I wanted to check in before we left. I doubt I'll have internet access while I'm away. I don't use a lap-top (really don't like them, for that matter), so I am completely computer-free when I travel. My husband carries a lap-top, but I hate the keyboard, so I rarely use it for any length of time at hotels. I use an ergonomic keyboard... and type pretty fast, so the lap-top just seems to slow me down. I guess if I were to carry a normal keyboard with me to places, I could manage to use a lap-top someday.

I apologize for not getting around to posting the 1st-2nd Grade Homeschool Year stuff... and for not doing the review of The Old Schoolhouse yet. I am going to work on that next week! Be sure to stop in Sunday night to see if I'm back yet! I wanted to leave you with one of my favorite poems. I am sure you homeschooling mothers have already seen it. You can find it on cards at the car wash, on the internet, and in Chicken Soup for the Soul. This one has meant a lot to me through the years I have been a mother. I discovered it when my son was a tiny baby - almost nine years ago.

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd finger-paint more, and point the fingers less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd teach less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.

By Diane Loomans

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