Thursday, October 20, 2011
Use or Lose It!
It amazes me how true that one simple statement is. It can be targeted at so many things in life. Some things are like riding a bike. Some things well, they just don't come back, or at least not that easily.
For me it's math. I'm not talking adding and subtracting, it's that damn multiplition table that gets me every time. You see my son is working on this in school and most nights I'm the one who helps him with his homework. He does it, I correct it. Hello, not a good combination! It's the blind leading the blind here. Oh, don't get me wrong, I know the table, but my 9's table? Yeah, don't ask me for answers above six. I have printed out the table for reference, for both of us, and only use it in dire straights. My husband printed out another one for my younger son to learn, so in my house all three of us are learning our mulitplication table.
I can't remember the last time I actually needed it, so I haven't used it, and with calcultor's these days technically you don't need it. But you do, you really do!
School was hard me back then. I graduated, I suffered but prevailed. I even made it to college when so many people thought I might not. I graduated with an English Literature Degree. I prevailed, Damn it. I have my war scars- I won.
Now I have to fight all over again. Damn. On to round two! Why? For my boys, it's work that is worth the effort. It's worth it to me that they know, it might not be easy, but it feels pretty darn good when you get it.
I'm hoping when I get an agent the same will happen, they see me at night working on my books, they see the hours that go into it. Deep down I know they know nothing happens over night, and the reward is so much sweeter when you worked for it.
Tell me what you lost and had to learn all over again, I'll be hitting the flash cards.
Posted by Cynthia