I was talking to someone the other day and he asked me "what you had been up to"? I replied "we have been doing our Spring Thing". Cleaning up all the fall and winter debris. I went on to explain that our corner property has a lengthy grass section that butts up to the streets, which requires a lot of raking. He says, "I see your son out there raking the other day, "I didn't think kids did that anymore".
When I was a kid, I don't recall ever enjoying all that yard work. I had that teen mentality, always dragging my feet, shoulders slumped, head down, mumbling. It was if I was on my way to the electric chair. Today, the role is reversed, now I am the dad that drags his reluctant son outside to do some yard work. My approach is different than my father's. I gather a couple of bow rakes, leaf rakes, shovel, broom and the wheelbarrow. I explain to my son the difference between the bow and the leaf rakes followed by a demonstration. Next, I show him how to rake as a team, then how to do rake by himself. I could see that he suddenly realized what was coming. My son was going to have to take ownership of this chore and it was to be his spring break project.
I came home from work the other day and glanced at the lawn as I pulled into the driveway. Not bad, I thought. My son seemed eager for me to critique his work. I told him "job well done", you get an A+. Maybe part of his success is that I am a teacher, the other part is that he is a good kid as most are. All kids need today is a little guidance and some praise. Kids will work, if you show them how.
Bloggers Note: Nothing new regarding local politics or events. I am preparing a post about the Riverwalk project, which may raise some eyebrows. Other than that, just plugging along doing our Spring Thing. For my video fans, I am working on a project for a couple of musicians. Here is a sneak peek: