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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: Lesson Aptly Applied
By Pam Carlson-Hetland
01/08/07


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We all wonder if our words to the children in our lives are having an influence. My daughter’s third grade teacher had been placing an emphasis on how God makes all of us with different talents and abilities. Within a few days, I witnessed how an 8-year-old applies new knowledge.

I attended a low-impact aerobics class twice a week at that time. It was at 5:00 p.m. and my daughter came with me instead of being home alone. Normally, she would sit quietly on the floor watching or reading a book. One night, as I was on the floor mat dutifully counting leg-lifts and silently praying that I would be able to walk normally after class, my daughter’s face suddenly appeared above me.

“You’re not very good at this, you know.” she stated. I nodded in agreement still counting. “You’re more of a “cooking” kind of person...but that’s OK”, she rushed to assure me, “God makes everyone different!”

“That lady over there...” she continued, “She’s made out of rubber.” I knew to whom she was referring; a lady about my age or older, barely 5 ft. tall and 100 lbs. She was a “cheerleader” type person whose only difficulty with the class was keeping her sneakers tied. When loose laces interfered with movement, she’d hold her leg straight in the air over her head to tie them.

My daughter went on to encourage me in the appropriate line of action she thought I should take under the circumstances: “You don’t have to stay, you know. We could go home now.”

By then I was laughing so hard I could barely choke out that it was all the “cooking” that drove me to the class to begin with. I wasn’t about to leave until I had at least broken a sweat on the tummy curls, which is hard to do while you’re laughing.

The following day, I told my daughter’s teacher to be greatly encouraged that at least one of her students listened to the words she spoke and aptly applied to it a life situation.


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Donna Emery01/14/07
An amusing story and one that is easy to relate to. Keep writing!
Jacquelyn Horne05/02/07
So cute! Such precious words coming from a child. So wise to apply the teaching.