Today on #ScribblePicnic Michael gave us this prompt: Tie it up. Since this is the first week back to school my thoughts went to all the tying up of shoes I did as a grade one teacher. And how thrilled I was when those kids could tie them up on their own.
My grandson is going into senior kindergarten and his goal this year is to in his own words, “tie up my shoes really fast”.
Therefore my picture today – done very quickly in pencil, then watercolour crayon, is a child learning to tie his shoe.
As I drew this I realized how complicated the motion of tying up shoes can be. I couldn’t tell where those laces were. And look at how the hands have to twist and turn to make the loops.
When I taught school, velcro had just come into existence. Great I thought – this will make things much easier. Wrong. The kids were so thrilled with the velcro I had trouble keeping them from doing up and undoing their shoes in circle time. Zip. Zip. went the velcro. Enough to drive me crazy.
Tying laces in an art. All ice skaters want to be able to do this task. Although I saw skates the other day that had no laces.
I have seen children make two loops to do their shoes but I tie the old-fashioned way. What about you? BUT….
I learned something today. I have been tying my shoes the wrong way. Here is a TedTalk that shows me how I should be tying them. This makes them stronger and they won’t come apart. I always had ended up double knotting mine. I will try this today.
Here is a cute video about kindergarteners tying their shoes.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I am always thrilled how there is something I can draw with the prompt.
Where should I start in my new posts for this year? I think I will start with an update of what will be happening this fall.
What’s happening in my writer’s life?
I fly out to Calgary, Alberta, the week of September 19 to partake in my first book tour. Colleen McCubbin my publisher of Siretona Creative is setting up places for us to visit with my books.. Then we will both travel to Edmonton for the Inscribe Conference. At the end of that we will return to Calgary and do two more days of touring. I am very excited to see where God will lead us in this venture. (click to tweet)
What’s happening in my guest post blogging?
Over the summer I have jotted down a few ideas of what to post on two blogs that I belong.
I have a back-to-school special offer for The Kingdom of Thrim.You can receive the 5-pak extension activities for free ($2.99 value) when you purchase a copy of my book. (click to tweet)
If you buy through Amazon please send me a receipt and I will send you the activities. If you buy here I will know and send you the package.
What’s happening during my prayer life?
During the summer I had much time to think and pray. I have found out that I need to be focused on one thing at a time. For some reason my brain likes to flit from one thing to another. I am learning to focus and do one task – until it is finished. Then on to the next. It has helped me to make a list of tasks and try to tick them off as they are done.
Don’t use social media, blogging, or texting until 60 minutes or more has gone past since you woke up. This has been a big one for me. Now I can relax and focus on what God is teaching me.
Do something that terrifies you – it says to do this each day. Well I have been trying to do it at least once a week. I spoke in front of the church on Sunday without notes. I am planning my first ever book tour.
Replace warm showers with cold ones. Again I am slowly working into this. I have a short cool down shower after my hot one. And I mean cool not cold. I can’t go cold yet.
Those are just 3 new ones I am trying. Check out the list. I do the no sugar, and go to bed early and rise early. I am working on another three and will share another time.
Would love to hear what’s happening in your life. How can I pray for you?