She looked up at me quizzically and then continued to go through the papers. She stood and held out her hand for me, and hand in hand we went back to my class. The stranger told me to get my things while she talked to my teacher. Then she took me to a classroom with desks. She told the teacher I would be her student now and I was given a desk, pencil, eraser, notebook and a stern admonition to sit still and listen.
I was tired and cranky over Christmas vacation because I was incubating chicken pox. When I should have been returning to my class in the New Year I was in bed smothered with calamine lotion. I missed another two weeks of school. I was back for a week when I caught cold. In those days children stayed home with colds. That is why I failed. The next year, when I should have been entering a grade one classroom for the first time anyway, I could already print the alphabet and I could read Fun with Dick and Jane.
Tom Kepler Writing: Book Review: Through Kestrel's Eyes, by Yvonne Hertzberger
Remind me to tell you the one about how we moved every year, in the middle of the school year, not just to a new district but to new cities. The human paradox is that we crave change and growth and resist it just as savagely. Cognitive Dissonance : an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. I am no psychologist. I am an introvert, though, and I have a theory that we introverts have more of a struggle with change than do the trail blazers.
It takes me longer to embrace new ideas, methods of operation, and technology. Once on board I am an enthusiastic, even obnoxious, convert. Perhaps not in some respects. In an MP3 generation vinyl is making a comeback. But whether you call it progress or degeneration humanity shall continue to hurtle itself forward because the human mind must envision and create to remain alive. The young will probably do everything first, but I know that an increasing number of people in my own age group do follow trends almost fanatically and are in the line ups for the newest piece of technology.
I will vehemently defend your right to be a Luddite.
I shall also attempt to master the new technologies and realities that will drive business and yes, the arts, into the future. In times past, the most highly educated were the enlightened ones who wanted to forge ahead. Ironically, it seems to be most educated people I know, the ones who insist on creative license and freedom to improvise, who are spearheading the passive resistance. When I was a child there used to be amusement companies with small versions of midway rides and they travelled from mall to mall, setting up in the parking lots.
At the risk of giving away my generational category I will admit that, at age 9, I was permitted to go to these venues alone. I stared at the roller coaster. It was definitely small, but so was I. Never more than ten feet from the ground it still loomed large and powerful in my eyes. I clung to the bar in my first white knuckle experience and scarcely breathed. Grateful to be back on solid ground, I got in line again.
I remember consciously asking myself the question and not receiving an answer. The second ride mirrored the first. Again I felt gratitude when I walked through the exit, and again I got in line. Nine year olds cannot be aware enough to question their very sanity, but I did wonder why on earth I was going to put myself through this again.
Through Kestrel's Eyes
The third round was different. Still clinging to the bar, I flew over the first rise in the track and began to laugh. Right out loud; all by myself. The experience was exhilarating. I got in line a fourth time, smiling and excited. The fear was gone. The serenity prayer says this: God give me the strength to accept those things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Life is a roller coaster. Menu Skip to content.
Just be aware that I am equally free to make my choices, and that does not mean I hate anybody. Down with labels? This woman has mastered the art. Author Helga Rechenbach Sarkar. Another winner from Ms. How in the world can anyone flunk first grade? I did.
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