learning the hard way


I’m a learn by doing kind of gal. My husband offered to buy me a Joomla manual to teach me to build websites for his business. As memories of vainly following steps in a math textbook shuddered through me I explained that it would be so much better if he just showed me how and let me mess around with the application. In other words, he should save his money. Which for me seems just a little off-kilter considering I adore reading. But for some reason textbook writers don’t usually include characters or a climax, which is a shame.

Don’t ask me why, but this reminded me of fourth grade (textbooks aside). I had a beef with a girl in my class and she had a beef with me. We decided to duke it out 3:00 style. It didn’t matter to me one bit that I weighed less than 50 lbs. at the time and she had to have been twice that weight. Or that she was almost twice my height. My righteous cause would be enough to see me through. I packed the ends of my generic Keds with wadded paper towels because she’d leaked her strategy. She was planning on stepping on the ends of my toes and punching my face like a speed bag. Cartoon physics aside, I thought I was pretty dang smart to give my self foot cramps and throw my center of gravity off balance.

One big difference between teachers today and my teacher (in 1980 something or other): A teacher today would have called authorities. My teacher, dear Mrs. Baker, tried in her own way to dissuade us but never called anyone. Was she trying to teach a lesson? I really think she thought I would chicken out. I didn’t. I lost a tooth. I never picked a fight again. Lesson learned…the hard way.

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6 Responses to “learning the hard way”

  1. Allison Says:

    Ok…that was funny. Not so much about losing the tooth but the toe cramp thing…F U N N Y! Thanks, I needed that laugh today!

  2. Jen Parker Says:

    Allison–so glad to oblige. Thanks for always reading. It’s nice to know that I have a loyal reader out there! :)

  3. Coy A. Lothrop Says:

    I love the paper in the shoes idea too, great tidbit for a kids book. :)

    ..I once beat a kid down in the street with a metal trash can.


    Loyal Reader #2

  4. Jen Parker Says:

    Wow! A metal trash can…too bad there weren’t any of those nearby. I might’ve kept my tooth. :)

  5. Heather Clifford Tang Says:

    Wow- that was I fantastic idea! If I had been there, I would have joined you in the shoe stuffing and would have stuffed that chic’s mouth with it too, just for you! :)

  6. Jen Parker Says:

    Heather–We would’ve gotten into so much trouble if we’d known each other then. ;)

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