Until a child tells you what they are thinking, we can’t even begin to imagine how their mind is working….
Little Harry was doing very badly in math. His parents had tried everything…tutors, mentors, flash cards, special learning centers. In short, everything they could think of to help his math.
Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Harry down and enrolled him In the local Catholic school. After the first day, little Harry came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn’t even kiss his mother hello. Instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Harry was hard at work. His mother was amazed. She called him down to dinner.
To her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before. This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference. Finally, little Harry brought home his report Card. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation,
His Mom looked at it and to her great surprise….
Little Harry got an ‘A’ in math.
She could no longer hold her curiosity. She went to his room and said, ‘Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?’ Little Harry looked at her and shook his head, no.. ‘Well, then,’ she replied, Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? WHAT WAS IT?’
Little Harry looked at her and said,
‘Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren’t fooling around.‘
“The happiest people do not necessarily have the best things; they simply appreciate the things they have” ~Unknown
“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
~ Walter Anderson Author of The Confidence Course: Seven Steps to Self-Fulfillment