Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Having A Hobby Is Often A Lifesaver.

Kind of like an ace up our sleeve!

When we don't have a hobby to look forward to at the end of a long or hard day, we are left with our thoughts at times. Without another way to occupy our time, sadly the negative thoughts tend to grow in size...don't they?

Hobbies are a treat to fall back on. Or they are a treat to look forward to when we have the spare time. Isn't that what makes it a hobby, you know not being able to give it all your time? Artists of course are extremely lucky because they have made their hobby into their work. Nice.

Have you ever stashed away hobby paraphernalia to use sometime in the future? A box in your cupboard that you pull out to inspect now and again. A box that gets so big that you need another cupboard to hold it.

I for one love knitting although being a Gemini, I tend to either knit day and night or not at all. But, I cannot go past a wool shop without setting a foot over its threshold.

Oh, believe me, Schatzi knows not to show me his watch by repeatedly stabbing a finger at it!

The mere adventure into a hobby shop ( knitting shop for me ) takes any cares off my shoulders even if its just for a moment. Yes, instead of worrying about this and that and

" Why did so and so not greet me this morning? "
we can loose ourselves in the pleasure of planning and plotting what to knit, scrapbook, paint, read or...

It is a pity that Arts & Crafts are not shown as much importance as Maths or History at school level. A while ago I read that if we knit, crochet or maybe needle point, we are actually in the moment. Those in the moment moments are almost like a key to inner happiness and also the stuff that launched a thousand self help books.

I don't know about you, but I think that I will start on a jersey very soon...or at least add to my stash of wool in the cupboard.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Have You Noticed How Big The School Bags Have Become?

I am in awe of, or rather alarmed at how much the modern scholar needs to learn.

Did we ever have to learn so much, back in the day or rather back in the 20th Century. Once a week I help a local lad with his English homework. I enjoy it but I must say that it is a lot of knowledge he has to absorb.

Well, knowledge not so much as it is more a case of learning it by rote. Who knew that there were so many differing rules regarding the English language. Unfortunately when you study English as a second language, you need to know every inch of writing in the rule book of the English Language.

But really, wouldn't it be more beneficial if each term the pupils have to read a novel for part of their homework. Yes, a novel that interests them and once they get a taste of the lost art of reading, the language and the correct structuring of sentences would become second nature. Isn't that the way we learned English as children?

But that is just the subject of English. When I sit at his kitchen table with English books covering most of it, I can't help but notice how full his school bag still is. I have a pretty good idea that once we have finished the English portion of homework, he needs to plough through a mountain of other homework. No wonder most kids don't like school.

What obscure facts and figures are the kids being taught nowadays? More importantly, will they use this knowledge once they enter the real world! Honestly, once they launch into society, Google is going to be the font of all knowledge anyway.

When those students who have just started high school now, finish their schooling you can bet your bottom dollar that their smartphone will be all they need to get by in life. A computer in hand. A computer with so much more capacity and ability than the one they carry now.

Look, I don't know if the curriculum has adjusted to our new world reality. Like them or not, computers play a part in our daily life. In fact often the biggest part.

Who still uses maps for orientation and who still does sums by heart
or with a pen & paper?

Now and again we drive past the local school bus as the kids get home from school. For some kids the school bag almost looks bigger then they are. But what all the school bags have in common is that they are and look darn heavy. Schlepping all your school paraphernalia does that. I can imagine a lot of sore backs in the future...