Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Adrift on air, land, or sea? Discover your purpose.

Take a good look at my desk while it's cleaned off, because it will not stay this way. There is a reflection of my honey on my computer screen as he sits at his desk. Love my new calendar. I will be sitting in the office chair, but I know you know that I will be "lounging" in that beach chair.

Everybody needs a great escape, a place where you can go in your mind to escape the reality of daily drudgery and doldrums. It's great to have a visual.   
 Be sure to use imagery in your writing. Make the reader feel, see, smell, taste, and hear what you do.

Trade winds rustle the palm frond umbrella which shades me from the blistering sun. My bare back sticks to the plastic cushion; my outstretched legs crisp; and my feet dangle. I arch my sandy toes  toward the curvature of the horizon and breathe in humid tropical air. The lapping waves soothe me into a five minute snooze. I awake, lick my salty lips. I'm sweaty and ready for a dip in the Caribbean Sea, my great escape.

I found this easel at the curb. A perfectly good  easel on one side and a chalk board on the other.
 I still cannot give up teaching. I so enjoy Mondays with Liam.  I spied the cute duckling in an empty box corral at the grocery store, on the side of a Downy box. I retrieved it, took it home, cut out the downy duckling, and after Liam painted the circle blue, we glued it onto his paper. Then he told a story; he used three related sentences. Every story has to have a balloon in it! Literacy begins when children make the connection between their spoken words and printed words. "Look what you said. These are YOUR words." Then we took a field trip.

 We spent the morning at the Science Center exploring air movement of objects. He was fascinated that he could balance a ball on a stream of air. He thought it was a hoot when he aimed the flex hose at me and it blew my hair. Wish you could have heard him giggle.

 At the float zone, children chose different colors, textures, and weights of cloth squares to design their own parachutes using pipe cleaners. Lots of thinking and reasoning going on. If the object was light enough and had an air pocket, the air gust would lift it up through the air tunnel, and it would blow out the open top and drift down. Wise guy realized the ones with many pipe cleaners were too heavy, so he found a cloth with no pipe cleaners, laid it on the white air vent, pressed the button for a burst of air, and was fascinated when his cloth floated gently and continuously to the top, then soared out and drifted down. He played here for half an hour.

Next he discovered air-forced ball play and gravity with tubes, PVC pipes, elbows and Ts. He placed the ball in the opening on the other side and air shot it out. He followed the ball's path...and loved every minute of this activity.
After a nap and late lunch, we went to the indoor "fwimming pool." I told him to say the "S" sound.

"Nana, I want to go to the SSSSSSSSfwimming pool."

It's fun to be two-and-a-half. This was an enjoyable, but a bittersweet day for me. My little guy is becoming a big guy. I was peeling an apple in the sink for his snack when I realized he was standing next to me looking into the sink. He has had a tremendous growth spurt.

You know, we grow in many ways: as writers, parents, grandparents, people. If you are adrift, floating without purpose, stretch yourself. Learn something new, maybe a new word; make a discovery, and surprise yourself.

Now I am off to fill in those little squares on my submission calendar...if I don't get lost at sea.


Kathy's Klothesline said...

I keep getting "lost at sea" lately. I have been working on a tentative book for a good while. I got stuck and finally just set it to the side. But I pulled it up and reread what I had so far and I thought I could pick it up again ..... my "sea" is a puppy named Eddie and potty training!
Liam is such a little treasure!!

Sandi said...

So sweet!

Connie said...

Liam is lucky that you still have teaching in your blood. :) He so obviously enjoys the time he spends with you, and you know he is learning so much every day. He has grown taller. I can tell from your pictures.

Val said...

If my honey was that close to my desk while I was writing, I would NEED a great escape, and not just in my mind!

Three or four naps would be necessary if I was as active as Liam.

Sioux said...

Linda--I thought my eyes might be deceiving me, because I thought Liam looked a great deal taller.

What a fun day that was! And just think. Soon you'll have TWO great-grandkids to spoil!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Oh, the memories you are making with that child! And the wonderful things he is learning! I always get a little teary when I stop by here, but in a good way. You know I can't wait until I have a grandbaby. I just hope I'm as good and patient a teacher as you.

K9friend said...

What fun to spend such great quality time with Liam. These are the days you'll both remember forever.