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CityKidz Knit!

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I have not had this much trouble posting a column every day, in years. I am busy and distracted, mostly in working my business in a more committed/focused way but also in doing my best to change my routine and habits.

The blog has been a pleasant routine for years (I tend to write columns after midnight, when Brian goes to bed) but I’ve been pushing so hard during the day that I’ve been crashing early and not posting.

I hope to get going on a new routine here yet this month, not just for the blog but for my business/ professional life. (My goal is 28 posts a month and I almost always make it, this month I’m so short I won’t be able to make it up any possible way.) And with that, I’ve said enough in the navel-pondering realm…

My Kidz

I have taken many photos of my CityKidz Knit! program this year and some I took just Wednesday but haven’t developed yet. This one is from two weeks ago, I think. Sometimes working with this many kids is a LOT of work, sometimes it is pure joy. In either case, I’m “in love” with teaching these children and it’s good for them and for me both.

I have much deskwork today, I am working on getting some of my delayed pattern projects actually laid out and sellable. We played a concert last night and I haven’t even looked at the photos but it was a wonderful time. Will talk about that when I can write more.

A Question

I appreciate each and every one of you out there. You like questions from me sometimes. So I’ll ask this:

I find that teaching children is one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had interacting with other people. I am clear that the time I spend with the kids goes with them into their future without me. (In particular, one child moved out of state. I know that she had never felt like an expert before she got to knitting class, and she really was an expert far beyond her peers in school when it came to knitting. It really helped her feel confident about herself and I am sure that will not diminish as she moves into her new life.)

Is there any experience in your own life, now or in the past, which prompts you to feel the same… that your effort will grow after you leave the environment where your experience happened?

3 Responses to “CityKidz Knit!”

  1. Diana Troldahl Says:

    I have to say almost everything I’ve encountered. I had a real wanderlust when I was just a kid, and as soon as circumstances allowed, I went out seeking. I spent a bit more than a decade traveling and living in places different from the small country area where I grew up (Japan, California and Indianapolis) and met many fascinating people. Almost every experience I had changed me in some way, good or bad, but also illuminated the core of me, those immutable parts of me I did not know existed.

  2. Charlotte Says:

    For me, it was teaching Sunday Schcool. I changed congregations and no longer do that but somehow I must believe that the Christian foundation I gave those little 4 and 5 year olds has made a change in their lives. Now I tutor first and second graders in reading, working one on one with students. I don’t always see it but I’ve been told I make a difference in those students. This week the little girl told me she wants me to be her tutor next year! Think she was buttering me up since it’s not a given that she’ll have a tutor next year or that I would be the one to work with her. There are far too many kids who could benefit from a tutor and too few volunteers to do it.

  3. Kris Elliott Says:

    One of the natural things we do as human beings at midlife is begin to ask ourselves what legacy we will leave. What will remain of us once we leave this life. In theory, we make an impression on everyone we encounter on life’s journey. In reality, most people are looking fro something bigger, something quantifiable. Unfortunately, most of us will never earn a Nobel Prize, or an Oscar, or a Tony, or a Grammy award. So, we must be content with that which is not measureable. Teaching, I believe, is the ultimate in leaving a legacy. The opportunity to share, knowledge, stories, art, hugs, even tears is an amazing gift both to give and to receive. It is important to remember that teachers are not always those at the front of a classroom. A teacher may be a parent or other adult, a cild, a stranger – we all have a chance to be a teacher to someone else at some point. Don’t pass up these opportunities. They truly will be your legacy. And, never underestimate the potential of any moment, no matter how brief, to be a teachable moment.

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