Learning thru Shared Eyes

I am a blessed and loved Mom.  I cherish every contact my kids choose to have with me as they learn and grow.  One of my very, very favorite things is to be included in writing and speech classes assignments,  my world expands with new and shared learning.

Every time one of my kids engages me in their assignments for writing or speech I’m thrilled.  I’m an engineer by training and my writing skills are not so good.  But I make up for this in my voracious curiosity. And I think this is what my kids might enjoy, that I’m totally enthralled with the learning.

The last couple years I learned about the food industry with Chris, particularly meat production and antibiotic usage for the animals that provide our meat. I learned how to search for local, antibiotic free meat, and organic local foods. I also got to share in conversation after watching “Food Inc.” It was pretty cool what I learned about Penn State’s library and search engines and databases. Today, I’m a better consumer and much more aware of online sourcing.

This year, with Casey at Duke, I’m being challenged to read about, of all things, MAPS and what story the cartographer chooses to share. I’ve learned some world history, I’ve learned about writing (from her Professor’s comments to her), I’ve had the joy and pleasure to read stuff she writes and in awe of what she thinks about. I can even comment per her wishes. Maps are never, ever going to be the same to me again.

Now, as Jen matures, I’ll be looking forward to what I can learn with her. I can’t wait.

I am blessed. The connections my kids choose to make with me touch me deeply and give me joy. Thank you!


A Whole New Level of Connecting with Smart Phone Technology!

Smart phones are part of our family life, keeping us close.  We learn about each other just because we have smart phones.(Jen, I hear ya,  soon baby, soon.)  Two funny stories come to mind.

First Story:  Chris planned to enter a Chili Cook-Off contest at work. He asked me for ideas,  and of course, I asked questions — such as, what kind of chili?  Then, as usual I gave him too many options.  He’s a good kid,  he tried to answer me and then went about his business.

Later in the day I got an email with a link to a spicy, sweet chili, he must have looked online for some of the options I asked about.   I opened the link up on my smart phone and told him it looked great. My rationale –  it did have a bunch of reviews of people that liked it.

Later that night, Chris was ready to cook.  Crisis hit – the food website with the recipe was down, he was deflated.  What should he do now?  Could I help him?

I tried the website — still down.I tried the website on other computers — still down.  I tried the website in all three different browsers on my computer — still down:(  Then, I went to my iphone and opened Safari and there is was,  the recipe, YAY!  I always forget to close webpages. — I took a picture  (which Jen showed me how to do) and sent it to Chris.  The crisis averted by smartphone and a Mom that doesn’t ever close webpages.


The chili took 3rd out of 12….pretty good, especially when it was just a recipe he tried online without first checking out how it tasted.

Second story:  Casey told us she led her Focus program group on a walk to downtown Durham when she figured out the bus would make them late for their appointment.  I thought that was kinda strange because she never really seems to be aware of time in the current plane of reality.  Who knew?

When I asked how she knew she said she used her iphone.  She also used her smartphone to guide their walk and, get this,  Casey was the one the they put on the phone to give directions to another group that was lost.  

Why is this funny?  I guess you can only really appreciate this if you knew Casey.  Growing up she never appeared to pay attention to directions and places and now with an iphone she can maneuver anywhere and be on time, even in a town she just moved too.  Lovely!


Morning Fun & Education

Thought it might be fun to share a morning exchange that Jen & I had after she got on the bus this morning at 6:45 am.  Maybe you older kids remember that hour ride on the curvy, bumpy, rolling roads to the High School here in W.Pa.   Not that fun, so I earnestly continue to work on my style and the way I connect in with her- a 15 year old, larger than life, teenage girl.  So, today I tried to use her slang and well, I’m terrible at it, good thing it was a lite exchange.  Here it is,


I tried:)  She makes me smile in big ways, just as you all do!  Thanks for being my kids!