- Have you ever tried to learn cooking from a “natural” cook? Natural cooks don’t follow recipes and they don’t measure ingredients. They cook by instinct, so, when pressed to share their know-how, are able to do so in only the vaguest of terms. Now, I am not a natural cook. But I am a natural grammarian. What natural cooks do with, say, cardamom and frothy egg whites, I do with adjectives and subordinate clauses. This is something of a problem in our home school, where I have trouble teaching the rules of grammar because I don’t know them. Instead, I rely on what I hope is my student’s inborn ability to “get it.” A typical English class might sound like this: “In this sentence, you should use ‘whom’ instead of ‘who.’ You see? It’s ‘Whom can we turn to?’ instead of ‘Who can we turn to?’ Listen. ‘Who can we turn to?’ ‘Whom can we turn to?’ ’Whom’ is correct. Can you hear that, honey?” This week, however, one of my children simply could not “hear it,” so the teacher had to become the student. I applied myself to learning the rules that I ought to have learned long ago, and it’s given me a real sense of accomplishment.
- I blab so much about housecleaning that regular readers of this blog might think I’m a model housekeeper. This is not true. In fact, I believe with every inch of my aproned being that housecleaning done properly can kill you. Still, I do get stressed out when I’m surrounded by clutter. So it was for the sake of my mental health that this past Saturday I gave the playroom a knockout cleaning. I might even invite over my mother-in-law, Madam Housekeeper Extraordinaire, for a visit. She just wouldn’t be allowed to wander into any rooms outside of the playroom. Do you think she’d mind taking her tea at a Fisher-Price table?
- My biggest accomplishment of the week is that I managed to post my Small Successes! That’s because my laptop lost all of its joie de vivre when someone spilled his drink on its keyboard, and I had to type this post using the on-screen keyboard. It. makes. a. very. slow. process. of. writing.
Ya-a-ay! I’m done!