Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Homework Memories!

The best thing that we derive from history is the enthusiasm that it raises in us.
                                               Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Sitting here watching my niece Akira surrounded by books, my laptop, papers and I must point out a delicious plate of brownies on our kitchen table, I smile. I watch as the sun while ducking behind the clouds casts shadows on the books and blocks the natural light streaming through the big window. This reminds me of the days that homework consumed my world, be that mine when I was a student long ago, or with my girls when they were in school and I was the over anxious Mom trying to help.

I should admit I was not very good at completing my own homework as some of my former teachers may remember. Mr. Smith in Biology comes to mind, sorry Mr. Smith, I really did not like your snakes and dissecting things it was not an easy class for me, I may tell you that story someday. I will say it involves flying snakes and a flying girl.

 I do remember putting those projects off till the very last minute, then usually in the middle of a stressful night rushing to throw something together to hand in first thing in the morning, I guess this now has a label “procrastination”, my Mom used to call it “lazy”. Most times I believed or convinced myself that I worked better under extreme pressure, I may still believe this, right or wrong. I sometimes thought my most brilliant ideas came to me while hovering on that edge of impending failure. I may still believe that.

When my girls were young, I would watch them bring projects home and tried to find them what they needed, there were no computers or a library close by living in the country so sometimes this was a challenge. I was always there with moral support. Let us be honest here they knew more about what they were doing then I ever did especially when it came to Math or Science. I did have a skill that came in very handy though and I think they appreciated that. I loved the researching for information that could be used in completing those projects. We have always had an abundant library of books in our house, an interest we all share. I loved and still love running my fingers over those pages of the book, my eyes scanning pages and pages and then showing the girls what I had found. I am not really sure if they appreciated it as much as I loved doing it and feeling useful, but I like to think so.

I had a passion for history, still do, so our home is full of history books, be that local history or history of the world. Those little things as simple as knowing Amelia Earhart flew solo over the Atlantic in 1928, or that Brazil’s economy collapsed that same year due to the over production of coffee thrills me to no end. I know this information is readily available with just a click of a mouse these days but nothing gives me more pleasure than finding it in a book that I have flipped through the pages for hours. “The thrill of the hunt” and those unexpected fascinating facts that I find on the way always draw me back.

I am thrilled to be back in the world of homework if only for a day of watching, relaxing, laughing, and flipping through books that will probably never help Akira but certainly are helping me by bringing back those memories I had forgotten. It is a nice way to spend an afternoon. The brownies were just “the icing on the cake.” I may have a very different idea of fun then Akira, after all I am not the one with the deadline looming.

Later

30 comments:

  1. Enjoy your Niece and her homework.
    Didn't have much homework when I went to school, and if I did it was done extra fast so I could go play the piano :)
    Have fun my friend, Hugs xoxoxo M

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  2. The thrill of going back in time to remember the good old days in school. The classes we just slide through because we couldn't stand the class, like biology or earth sciences. Or the last minute projects, which make me thankful school is long over, lol....
    Cherish this time with your Neice, exchange stories, and enjoy a nice glass a milk with those brownies
    :-)

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  3. I love books too, but I also like being able to research over the Internet. I still have tons of deadlines in my life as a volunteer, I fear. I must like deadlines as I seem to be the one who keeps saying "yes." But I sure grumble (to my computer) just like a teenager doing homework.

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  4. I have no doubt this will be one of your niece's cherished memories...I remember the very long ago before computers, when I would leaf through encyclopedias for fun.

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  5. More cherished memories in the making. I'm glad you two shared this time.

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  6. When I was in high school I was not good at all as far as keeping up with homework. In college and grad school though, I became a study nerd :)

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  7. That's the way I enjoy homework best...watching someone else sweat over it lol.

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  8. If you recall History was NOT my favourite but I do remember the kitchen table and Mom helping with the research and providing items to be glued (a paste made with flour and water) onto the paper.
    Hope we can have the brownies and coffee when I visit today.
    Can't wait.

    Love You, BA

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  9. I was never good at completing my homework and I also produce my best work under the unrelenting pressure of a very near deadline. The plate of brownies must have made it much nicer for your niece!

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  10. We're right in the midst of that homework stuff...but the kids are much more independent now that they are teenagers. I must admit, the highspeed internet sure makes it easier than when I was a kid! We didn't have easy access to info, but an old set of World Book Encyclopedias did help a lot.
    The brownies surely make it much more fun! :)

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  11. i always procrastinated when it came to my homework...sadly, ash is the same way and is up all night the night before it's due.

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  12. I am still a procrastinator sadly. But, I remember getting completely side tracked while searching through encyclopedias for the information I needed. Heck, that still happens when I search for something online!

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  13. Some things I put off until I have to do them. so I guess I am a procrastinator too.

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  14. Brownies makes everything more fun, even homework!

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  15. Sounds wonderful ! Lovely post. I remember the days of when I was searching things in books for homework and projects , I enjoyed doing it as I liked to draw and colour lol. My mum was also a history buff and quite the book worm we had loads of books in the den or library as she called it lol that were really helpful. When my kids were younger we didn't have computers then either so off we would go to our local library and I would help them search fir the info they needed it was fun , to this day I prefer a book but then again the internet does have so much right at your finger tips ! Have a good day !

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  16. nice flashback for you. :) i memorized history and aced tests but don't remember much of what i 'learned'.

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  17. I can just picture the scene with you and your niece. So well written! What a sweet memory for both of you to look back on.

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  18. :) Sounds like you are the "fun" aunt brownies, books and all!

    And i could see the teenager Buttons, flying around the house getting things done and occasionally stopping to write a sentence here and there on a paper was was due in class that morning LOL do you have dreams about that still?

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  19. Sweet time with your niece- I remember college homework more so than school- I think because I wanted to study in college..not so before.

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  20. Aww, so sweet! I was (and still am!) a big time procrastinator. I would say that I did my best work under pressure. There's just something about working right under a deadline that gets the creative juices flowing!

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  21. I always enjoyed English and Creative Writing. All things math were evil.

    I look forward to your snake story.

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  22. I'm with you! The more history books the better!

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  23. Memories, they moved me to the high school this year. I find myself looking at the students and wondering did I act like that. No way hahaha

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  24. Oh, this post brings back so many memories! Like you, I love history and reading these things in books. The kids used to tease me about 'reading' the encyclopedias that I saved up and bought on the monthly payment plan. They are beautiful, leather with gold leaf edges and I just heard that no longer will they be publishing encyclopedia's due to the internet! How sad! Helping my children with research for homework provided me with my own learning. I'll never forget how my daughter and I cried over the report she did on 'The Trail of Tears' about the Apache's being rounded up for reservations. Well, I guess this post really did bring back memories. So nice that you are helping your niece with her homework. And with brownies, too. What a nice Auntie. xx

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  25. It is interesting how learning becomes more fun and interesting as we grow older.

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  26. What kid likes homework? Putting it off to the last minute is an honored tradition! :)

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  27. i tend to get all the easy and fun chores out of the way first, leaving the challenging and frustrating assignments for last minute. and i'm currently proving to myself that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. ;)

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  28. Brownies make everything easier, especially homework!

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