Childhood Fancies

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I remember as a child participating in different activities like science fairs, ethics bowls, mock trails, all these activities that adults graded and judge us on. There were so many times that I wished that the roles could be reversed. Instead of them judging us, we will judge them and their projects. How wonderful what that be?

Apparently, I am not only in thinking this. Just look at television like Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader. A show where adults attempt to answer questions that fifth grade students must know for their curriculum. A hilarious show proves just how little adults know. It always give me a tickle whenever I watched it.

Another opportunity for young people to judge and questions adults is the annual science completion called Flame Challenge. It is comprised of thousands of fifth and sixth grade students, from around the world, are ask to submits questions for the adults to answer. The adults are comprised of scientists in all levels of their fields. The answers are reviewed and judged by a panel of fifth and sixth grade students.

There are a variety of questions ask such as what is a color, define and explain sleep, what is time and how is it measured. Difficult questions that would be difficult for anyone to answer.

What is neat about this competition is the young people do not necessary judge the accuracy of the answer but who explains and engages the students the best. If the adults want to receive a high score their delivery must be entertaining, interesting, and easy to comprehend, a little humor does not hurt.

The students and the scientist all are happy to participate in the competition. In fact, each years those wanting to participate on both sides grows more and more.

To me this this is amazing. I would have loved to participate in any of these activities. A way to switch the rolls around. Enjoy being on the other side of that table. I cannot remember the number of times by friends and me wishing we could judge our teachers. That they can experience the hardship, blood, sweat and tears.

However, alas we never had such a thing as children. As a mild over achiever I participated in at least three to five academic competitions every school year. Each year I would stress over topics, research, and complied information. After all that work I present my project or argument just to have a group of adults tear it apart then analyze and critique each aspect of it. It is a wonder why I never develop a complex.

I cannot even imagine how I would have fare if I had the opportunity to question and judge adults. To have them in the proverbial hot seat as it may. How much I could have learned.

Oh well, now that I am an adult I am unable to participate at least as part of a panel. I do plan on encouraging and supporting my nieces and nephews in becoming a part of the Flame Challenge. They are all really smart I think each one will would flourish in such an environment. They are always asking me these impossible questions maybe now they can ask someone else and give me a break.

Life without grandpa

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A few months ago my grandfather past away. He had been fighting a long time. Yes, my grandpa sure did put up a good fight for many years. Like many stories around the world cancer ultimately won. Now my grandma is for the first time in sixty plus years living alone. In the middle of the woods. Alone.

My grandpa was a man’s man, you know. One of those breed of fellas where he would opened the door for a woman, he could fix anything, and he loved cars, fishing a golf. He thoroughly believed in a man taking care and providing for his family. For most of his life, he did just that. He worked hard and he was able to give my grandma a comfortable lifestyle. He took care of all the hard work that was done around the house, the mowing of the two acre of land their house is on, all repairs to the house, garages, sheds, and cars were done by him. He even installed the electricity in their house.

Now that he is gone, my grandma now has to employ people to do the things my grandpa had always taken care of.

Once a week I try to make it to her house and see if she needs help with anything around the house. Of course, I am not as handy as my grandfather is but I am no stranger to a pair of plyers and some hard work. As I’m walking around the house while my grandma explains that she needs someone to clean out her gutters, she also mention she needs someone to trim her hedges and the trees.

Now, I sometimes trim the trees’ around my own house but my grandma must have a hundred trees she is talking about needing a trim. I am not about to spend the next two months (I know it is an exaggeration) trimming trees. I love my grandma dearly but there is no way that will be happening anytime soon.

I made a deal with her that I will bring my pressure washer over tomorrow and take care of those gutters for her and help her find a great tree trimming service to come out her and take care of everything else. She agreed and we went into to the house and had some delicious hot chocolate and homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream with a caramel sauce drizzle over it. Yes, my grandma can cook and bake her buns off.

The next day I loaded my pressure washer into my truck and arm with a list of tree trimming services I made my way to my grandma’s house. After a few phones calls we were able to secure a tree serviced that would come out that same day, give her a quote and if she agrees with it, they can start right away.

I stayed until the tree-trimming folks came; they gave my grandma a great quote, and started the very same day.

I miss my grandpa everyday but I know my grandma misses him even more. As long as I am able will be stopping by and making sure she is all right, physically and emotionally.

Today was a good day

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In the words of the former NWA rapper, Ice Cube: today was a good day. One of those where everyone goes right everyone on time and it is as if you were to fart a gold nugget would fall out your butt underneath a glorious rainbow. Days like these are meant to cherished and shared so that others can hope that they too can be best with a best day ever! What is even better is that it is so unexpected. Like Gods personally that is just for you. Please do not be jealous because as I relate my day I am hoping everyone who reads this will have an even better day.

Good Morning

After I woke up, brushed my teeth, comb my hair, I was looking for my socks and found three hundred dollar I did not know I had even lost! When I am at the office, I found a message that all seven of our commercial estimates were accepted.   That each property was ready to start as soon as possible. Each needing a lot of tree trimming, pruning, and ongoing maintenance of the property. Each one will deal exclusively with Oakland tree service, for their entire tree and lawn care needs. Which is amazing that we secured each one. If by chance you would like to be number eight then just go here. You can check out our services and contact information.

Afternoon

Since we were able to score so much more business, I have my entire crew out working or on their way to a job site. Looks like we can hire a few more employees to help with everything. I love hiring new people, when you do not have to fire anyone. That means that your business is doing well, that it is both growing and striving. Which is amazing in the economy. To top it off my favorite restaurant made a mistake on my order, they charged me at seventy-five percent less than what my lunch should cost. When I called them back to tell them about their mistake, they were so surprise by my honesty that they told me to not worry about it and that my next lunch is on them. I love their food so much I just cannot always afford to eat there. This is probably the best lunch ever!

Night-time

I made it home for the night, as in telling my wife my good news for the day she tells me that she has some good news herself. She’s pregnant. We will be having our very first child in about six and a half to seven months. Not just that she won two tickets to the Red Wings Hockey game, right near the ice from some morning radio station she likes. I almost have a heart attack. A pregnant and two front and center tickets to an all-expense paid trip to Detroit’s Hockey Town! This day just kept getting better and better. It has been a long time since I felt this blessed.

This day was so fantastic that one in using words like fantastic in a sentence and truly meaning it. Two I’m going to be a father and three my business is about to take off. I have worked hard, sacrificed, and planned now it seems that all those seeds that I sewed are starting to bloom and grow.   I can hardly wait until next year. I just have this gut feeling that this is going to be my year. The year where everything takes off and soars beyond heights that even could not have anticipated. I am ready. I have worked my entire life for this moment. For these moments and I am ready to cherished each one.

Limits must be set

th (6)It is amazing what a press of a button can achieve. Buy a pizza, order groceries with delivery, and even buy a house. All with the nimble touch of a few fingers, really just a good index finger will do. There is no need to interact with anyone or even leave the comfort of home. Fifteen years ago, this was all unheard of, something that only can be viewed as futuristic. Now it is so normal that to talk to an actual person is the greatest feat.

Has all those lack of communication affected humanity in a positive or negative way? In many ways, it has become easier. Even a child can operate an iPad, smartphone, or Android. Someone who cannot even read. It is amazing to watch a toddler to maneuver a tablet faster and more efficient than his or her parent is. But this child that has always been expose to technology throughout her whole life, never really socializing and interacting with adults or ever children her own age is at more of a disadvantage.

It is no secret that the people responsible for creating the smartphones and tablets restrict their own children from its use. Choosing to send them to Waldorf schools and great private schools that limit the use of these items. In fact, a Waldorf does not permit any type of technology or screens that so prevalent now in the public schools. It used to be that a public would give its students a handbook and day planner to aid in the organization of its students’ lives. Now these same school have omitted the old pen and paper scheduler, a day planner, and have replace it with a tablet of some sort. In reality, the student of today can complete their entire kindergarten to twelve grade without stepping into a school. By the use of a virtual schools. Its homeschooling but instead of the parents or tutor teaching in place of a teacher the computer is now her teacher. Sure, her parent will have to aid in some way but once she has fell into the groove the child will be self-sufficient enough to independently study on her own.

This is wonderful. But how is that child going to fare when she is in some type of conflict or dispute. Will she be able to emphasize with another person’s plight? Many studies have been done in hopes of being able to quantify just have technology have affected the young. The generation of twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The generation that publicize and share every mundane personal anecdote of their young lives.

Many of these studies have found the youth of today are negatively impacted by the continual use of technology. Many have reported that these young people are less empathetic, more susceptible to the mob mentality and unable to converse simple ideas and interact with others.   Those children that has been kept from it are kinder, socially inclined, and are better at articulating their thoughts, ideas, and opinions then their counterparts. Really, the difference between the two is great and substantial enough to reconsider technology dependencies so prevalent now.

Yes, technology is great and has greatly impacted many different if not all industries all for the better. It is easier to communicate with others all over the world via live video feed, chat, or digital phone service. Many people are alive right now sans technology. Getting rid of it completely is just crazy and unnecessary. For some it can be detrimental. This is all true. However if by limiting the amount of time spent on it for social reasons will create better members of society then why not do so. Start by putting the smartphone or tablet away during dinner for thirty to sixty minutes. However long it takes to complete a meal. The rewards and positive impact determine by many studies across the board makes it worth that small window of technology separation.