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Friday, July 28, 2006 - The Malakoff News - PAGE 13A with Emily Lundy e nl When my husband and I were parents, specifically of 13-, 15-, 17-, and 19-year olds (their ages have two-year gaps for six months of every year), we knew some- thing of their activities. As each child added years, we knew less but tried to know more. We're hearing limited experiences and incidents now andrealize we were trusting souls and really lucky. Now it's grandchildren who keep activities going. It seems I know about some of their acfivites bet- ter than I didmy own kids because teens are around and talk. What is so different now is the nights. A grandson who lives twenty- five miles north of us, depending on which road is traveled, likes to visit. "I want to come see you and spend the night," he'll say, now at six years of age. Other times, it's, "I want to come play at your house, but I'm not spend- ing the night." We never believe him and will somehow get him. No younger grandchild really wants to come unless other cous- ins are here. Two is about right. Three means hollering, crying, tattling, and other sounds I've tried to forget. Many times around 10:30 or 11:00 at night, this same little boy will demand to go home "to see Mama." We try allkinds of per- suasion, neither of us wanting to leave the house for the darkened path in any way. A call to Mama work sometime, depending on the intensity of the homesickness. At our home site, Papaw gets gruffy, tells the child he's already been asleep and he can take him home early in the morning. This may satisfy. Or I'U tell the child we two will stay up late, late, and watch one of his Ga(field movies or what- ever. Then I try to fall asleep on the couch which never tricks the maturing boy. More than likely though, Papaw ends up meeting our daughter in Eustace, the half- way mark for our homes. Be- fore the child's family moved two years ago, halfway was a ser- vice station up Highway 274. Last week I told this grandson I wanted him to visit for Vaca- tion Bible School. He agreed, and was on his way for the third night. Then he said, "I am going to stay here until school starts. I'll call Mama to bring my tv and tapes and more clothes." Of course I called his mom to brag too soon. And everything changed. That evening found us taking this young one home with his older siblings begging him to reama to our home as stay-over parties were planned. The baby of this family wasn't leaving now, wanted or not. Teens on my street related closely to me can slip in my side door and out without our know- ing it. They like to raid the refrig- erator, check messages on the computer, watch television, play some type of television game if someone else has left one. Pa- paw and I buy only outdoor games and rigs for play, trying to get the children away from the television sets since they refuse to read one of my good books. With all adults sleeping possi- bly, the 16 year old comes in at late hours if the 18 year old living with us has not come in. That means the door can be unlocked. However if he knows we're still awake in our bed watching the news, he tells us bye. His 13-year old sister gets called home so an adult can watch her as she makes her way safely to her house under super- vision. Often she spends the night. As mentioned before, we have four couches and a wrap- around seating arrangement which I said I'd not ever buy. Never again will it be like this. The 18 year old leaves soon for college; I won't have to monitor her room from little people while she works. Her sister and brother won't be here as often as they return to another home and school, activities will occupy the neighboring kids. Next summer could bring anything, maybe a new swing as the old one has held too many courting couples or talk- ing friends. The phone just rang. The 12- year-old from Payne Springs is visiting for two days. He must know the granddaughter is near and her best friend are in the neighborhood. Ever so often, one of us, Pa or I, can still throw a rather alarming "fit." And don't worry. We have roles. We run a tight ship. Just ask our grown children. NEW CHANNELS CALL NORTHLAND TODAY! NORTHLAND aBLE .TELEVISION www.northlandcabletv.com Call to sign up today! Deluxe $29.99 price valid for 90 days. Standard Deluxe rate applies after 90 days. Offer valid for new customers only. Franchise fees, taxes, and inslallation not included. Cannot combine more than one discount in a service category. May not be available in all areas. Some restrictions rl~ apphf 'sa by Jeff Davis I watched a documentary of this deep interest a person about Andrew Wyeth, more par- studies the project, considers dif- ticularly about what it was like ferent approaches and considers growing up as the son of the fa- alternatives for ideas that don't mous painter, work. He gets the right tools and The boy had made a chair out materials and knows how to use of wood and gave it to his dad them. He gets enough material for his birthday. Wyeth looked at so he won't mn out of something it and told his son that he hadn't in the middle of the job. done a very good job. Wyeth's I don't claim that I always do young son took the chair and left a good job. Sometimes I'm not in tears, very interested in the project I'm But when he got back to his undertaking, like cleaning out a room, the boy looked at the chair cat box. Sometimes I don't know carefully and saw that his dad enough to do the project but damn was right; the chair wasn't made the torpedoes, go ahead and do very well. So he made another a bad job on the project. Then I chair and this time he took care go back, study what's involved with what he was doing. When in the project and do it like I shotfld he was finished it was clear that have done it in the first place. this new chair was a good job I must say that the invasion of and he proudly gave it to his fa- Iraq seems to be an example of ther who accepted it. a job done quite badly and I won- After the first test in a Calcu- der why. I would have thought lus I class a young Viet Nam Vet that one would go to great effort came to my office in a very agi- to do a good job invading another tated state. He claimed that all country; plan a lot, have altema- of his answers were correct but tive plans in place, understand the I had given him a C. I suggested problem so that you'll know that we look over his test paper, when you've solved it. That's the We looked at the first problem, way I go about solving a prob- "Where's the problem you're lem in mathematics, I would ex- trying to solve?" pect no less from someone tak- He said that he didn't think he ing their country into war. was supposed to write down the I suppose that a completed problem, project is seen as a "good job" or "Where are your computa- not depending on how what goal tions?" - the viewer had in mind. Maybe He pointed at some scribbled in some eyes, Iraq is an example numbers at various places on the of a job being done well; maybe paper, it's turning out just the way the "Where's the answer?" planners had hoped. He pointed to a number with a Thus Spake the Old Fogy, sadly circle around it. hoping that the Iraq job is a C- "And you think it's my job to and not an A+. job? figure out how your computations give this circled number? How can I tell ifit's the right number if I don't know what the problem is? If your boss asks for an an- swer and you give her a circled number how will she know it's the right number if you don't give her the problem that the number is supposed to solve? If you don't give her computations that are easy to follow and show where the circled number came from, you are making her work the problem. If you give your boss an undocumented answer, what good is it?" He had no answer. "Does your paper look like an A paper to you?" He grabbed up his paper and stormed out of my office. After the second test he walked up to the desk and threw his test paper down on it. "You were right", he said and stomped off. I had taught him the difference between a good job and a C. There are two kinds of C, one, the real C, where the student works 75% of the test perfectly and leaves the rest blank; two, the partial credit C, where no problem is worked correctly but the student gets 75 points from partial credit. The real C student does a good job on what she knows and doesn't make me wade through schmooze trying to glean a few points. I'd hire the real C student. I suppose that a deep interest in a project is the driving force behind a good job. And because Networked Digital Solutions To Sim COPY/PRINT/SCAN / FAX Introducing the Bizhub C350. It's the hub of your business. You have important work to do. And now there's an imaging solution that will help you and your team do everything better: the new bizhub C350. It's where affordable, high quality color meets black & white. And you can print, copy, scan, fax, e-mail and more. From a single resource that also centralizes and manages your documents. 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