We just finished:
It used to be a four.letter.word.
The angst that an creep into the heart of a child who is creative, not analytical
words and numbers sometimes collide
Yet, the taste of success is
Recently, one of my children dove into the world of multiplying multiple digits..
This same child was also (recently) introduced to some ‘math’ tricks.
When I saw what my child understood the trick taught by another (and I knew we had not covered the concept) I cringed. I knew the day would come when I would have to face that music.
(hence – ‘four letter word’ can come quickly to the mind when not kept in check, the tone of the voice not concealed and the frustration of harm done by another….becomes an obstacle to overcome.)
And the four-letter-word exists no longer.
Not every day is met with a sense of overcoming an obstacle as big as a mountain. I’m not always up to the task. Admittedly, I am never up to the task.
As I sat with my sweet one, whose body was tensing, I prayed over and over for peace and serenity. I prayed for the one who gives peace to take over.
I prayed that I would not succomb to the anxious feelings that began to grip my heart.
He created math. It’s not a trick.
The concept is being understood. Perfection not yet attained.
The taste of success was sweet as the smile began to sweet across the lips, while steadily pushing up the mountain of numbers. Remembering the ones, tens and hundreds, finding just the right spot to line them up-to add and then recreate the steps to achieve confirmation the mountain had been conquered ….
There are no short cuts up a mountain. Sixteen Golden Stairs should not be skipped. The learning that occurs when facing with those switchbacks can not be replaced…..
Neither can the truth, founded upon the word….
Have you had to overcome the ‘tricks’ of others?
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