You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

Good morning!

What’s wrong with this picture?  Or better said, what’s right with it?


These are my shoes. The one on the left was tied by a very wise lady that is so special to Jenks West Elementary. The one on the right was tied by me.

I had the privilege of taking part in one of life’s Aha moments the other day with this lady.  She is the special education coordinator for JWE. And she will be retiring in just a few short days.  But before she went, she left me with this pearl of wisdom. 

To say the least, I  was touched.♡

You see. I am left handed.  Neither of my parents were. Therefore most everything in life they taught me right handed, and I switched it up to fit my world. And often not so well. 😦
Tying was one of those things.
I remember struggling with that particular skill. Along the way someone taught me to make two bunny ears and tuck them into each other. Well, that’s my current method to this day.
The results. 
My shoes stay tied, but my bows look horrid. They are lopsided. They are vertical not horizontal as bows should be. 

And I’m sorry to say, I raised three
daughters!  There was always a bow or two to be found around my house! My poor girls! 😦

Well, Miss Mindy put an end to my despair. She was in our classroom for a meeting with our certified staff. As they finished, she walked up to me and caught me by surprise and said, “This is one of my pet peeves. ” She began tying the bow on my drawstring pants (which too was vertical). All the while explaining to me as special educators do, how to accomplish the task all by myself with the best of instructions. Then proceeded to correct the bow on my shoe. 

The key is in the loop around the “bunny ears”. It must always loop over the top for your bow to lie horizontal as bows should be.

I will never forget her.
She managed to teach an old dog a new trick. A 56 year old dog! Without even asking. She saw a need. She ever so eloquently filled it. With her keen observation.  I didn’t even have to ask. She simply saw it.

That’s how it is with teachers. With educators. They see with not only their eyes, but their hearts. They see through alot of things that would otherwise block the typical individual.  They are always looking,  searching for a better way to make the wheel. The way that works for each individual. It’s not about mass production.  It’s about personalization.

I am honored to now be a part of the field of education. I am honored to be a part of JWE. As you can see, it offers some pretty big shoes to fill. But with Miss Mindy’s guidance, they are pointed in the right direction.  I am honored to be touched by Miss Mindy. She will be missed. But never forgotten. I wish her the very best in her new journey.

Let’s all be teachers. Look for ways we can make the world a better place for others. Share our strengths and skills with others. On their terms, not ours. Just like the bow on my shoes, point them in the right direction.

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.
James 3:1-2

Love and laughter,



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