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#1056 Wings Over The Mountains of Life
What grade are you in?
As I was taking my son to school he asked me,
"Daddy, do you go to school?"
The question hit me.
I instantly recognized it was not a simple answer.
He then asked, punctuating my pensive silence with another
question, "Daddy, are you through with school?"
Both questions silenced me.
The answer on the child's level was obviously "No, Daddy does
not go to school because Daddy is finished with school."
That answer would have satisfied him and would have been
Writing MountainWings has subtly changed my thought patterns.
It would have satisfied my son, but it would have left a lump in
A big lump that tasted like a lie.
Finished school? Not hardly!
I think I learn more now than ever.
I learn more now than I did in nursery, elementary, high school
It's not so much that the classroom has changed, but the student
I now recognize the opportunity to learn through all of the
experiences that life presents to us each day.
I now recognize the benefit of that learning.
I still hadn't answered him as I steeped in these thoughts.
Sensing a need to help his father understand the question, he
said hoping to clarify his question, "school is a building."
That also is very true.
School is a building of character, a building of knowledge, a
building of wisdom and experience.
I think people relationships have taught me more about
communication than English 101.
I think marriage has taught me more than Math 101 about what
happens when you add one plus one.
I think making ends meet each month has taught me more than
Reading, Righting and Rithmatic, the three R's, life's got them
beat as far as learning is concerned. Especially Righting is
difficult if you understand the play on words.
My son would rather not go to school.
There are some lessons I sure don't want to repeat.
In life you can have two students with the same teacher,
one will pay attention, learn the lesson, and pass the class
with flying colors.
Another student will become distracted, focus on things other
than the main purpose, lose interest, fail the class, and have
to repeat it over and over.
Many of the latter persuasion never pass but simply give up and
move on, with the grade permanently on their record.
You have the same teacher, class and lesson but different
students and results.
Life is a school.
The simple words of a child plunged me so deep in thought.
Were they really that simple?
Were they really the mere words of a child or a divine question
sent through a child?
What did I finally answer my son?
"I sure am in school son, everyday, and I am not nearly
finished, neither is my final grade tabulated."
What grade are you in?
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