“Why do you have Danny’s clothes in the bottom drawer and my clothes in the top drawer where I can’t reach them?” questioned Sammy to his mother.
Danny was the older brother, two year’s taller than Sammy. Mom laughed as she shared this story with me. It really was so logical, filled with common sense, and coming from such a little guy!
Of course, the arrangement had started off okay. Danny’s clothes were moved to a lower drawer to make room for the baby’s clothes to be placed in the top drawer so mom could reach them better. For about three years this arrangement was kept until Sammy’s question.
I love tradition for tradition’s sake. We do some things that have become a routine and we recognize that we do it just because it reminds us of some precious time gone by. I have my daddy’s ice tea glass. If I were to serve tea to my son in it, I’m sure he would immediately remember. We would share the memories even though there are more convenient ways to serve the tea now (throw away cups). I’m all okay with that.
But to continue patterns of behavior long after common sense dictates they should be stopped is a different matter. So I tell myself. Telling myself is not evidence of learning. The test comes in by-passing the next “mortuary” fan I see. I have too many; I don’t want more; I need to get rid of the ones I have, NOT buy more. All that is knowing, but means nothing unless I STOP the useless pattern. Then meaningful learning will have occurred.
Thanks to Ben Huberman for the prompt DiscoverWP