Monday, April 14, 2014

Life 101

Here's a fun quiz that takes just a couple of minutes to take. Click anywhere in this sentence to go to the quiz. It tallies for you, out of 100 suggested life skills, how many you possess. I scored a 52.

You know, I pride myself on being fairly independent. If a toilet is running, I feel confident enough to yank the lid off and take a look inside. If something's loose, I grab a screwdriver and, post-haste, fix the initial issue and then walk around the house tightening everything within sight, just to be safe. I thank my sweet Daddy for teaching me how to use tools and letting me be his apprentice around the house. Every Daddy should do that for his daughter.

No, I don't know how to change the oil in my car and a financial expert, I am not. But I can sew a button on, repair a loose hem, and iron if I absolutely have to. I know how to fold fitted sheets (though most of the time I just wad them up into one of the pillow cases and consider it a victory if they get out of the laundry room floor and into the linen closet before being needed). I understand basic geography and transportation functions and I have a better-than-average handle on social convention, etiquette, and manners, the latter of which I can thank my mama for.

You hear of people being book smart but having no common sense. I think we should focus less on Common Core and spend a little time on common sense. Why add extra steps to solving a math problem? Instead, let's teach how to treat people with respect and kindness and common decency.