This past Friday was a rainy, inside recess kind of day. My last class of the day is 2nd grade. So I made a last minute change of plans and decided to teach them a game, Instrument Bingo. Fairly certain they would at least be familiar with the concept of Bingo, I began to explain this particular version.
Bingo cards are made up of musical instrument pictures, each one also identified by written names. Many types of instruments, representing all parts of the world, are shown on the cards. Students listen to recordings of the instruments being played and a voice also tells them the name. It’s a win, win kinda game.
I wanted this to be a fun learning activity-reminding them I did not expect them to already know all these instruments, and we would be learning them as we played the game. One sweet girl raised her hand, “You mean, we will all learn together as we go.” Yes! That is exactly what we will be doing!
That one statement from an innocent 2nd grader holds much wisdom. As I wrote it down on my “positives” list, I began to think about all the ways it applies to life. Being a spouse, parent, and teacher are perfect examples. Often our focus is on the big event-a wedding, birth of a baby, college graduation, our first teaching job-culminating in our suddenly taking on those identities.
Yes, those events are important and grant us that particular role or position in name, but time and experience are required for actual transformation. And that’s what true learning is-transformation. I need to remember this when feeling frustrated or disappointed with myself concerning my life responsibilities.
My goal should be learning from my own mistakes as well as from others who have more experience. Followed by a willingness to share what I learn with those who may have just begun their journey down a similar path. Always making sure to remember-we are all just learning together as we go.
As I Go
I am not the same wife I was
On my wedding day
I am not the same mom I was
On my first child’s birth day
So many people, places, events
Influenced who I am today
So many words, prayers, tears
Helped to light my way
As I continue walking along
This path we know as life
Will my desires be persistent
To become a better mom and wife
Should I choose to recognize
I am not alone in my strife
Transformation through lessons learned
Will prove worthy of sacrifice