Wednesday, April 28, 2021

getting caught up in things...

Last year, for the first time in my life, and as we were adjusting to the new reality of Covid-19 restriction, I discovered an interest in pulling weeds. 

My favorite to pull is commonly called cleavers. It grows in long frond like forms that lay on the ground or will climb up and rest upon other plants and it appears to have as its survival strategy the ability to entangle and to be carried along by animal life. It is only barely rooted and pulls up from the earth with ease. It's not one to cling desperately in the soil like a dandelion, so perhaps by pulling it, I'm enabling its spread. Why else would it come loose with such ease?

Galium aparine ('aparine' from Greek 'apairo' [απαίρω < από «from» + αίρω «pull to lift»] – "lay hold of" or "seize")[2] with many common names including hitchhikerscleavers,[3] cliversbedstrawgoosegrass,[3] catchweed,[3] stickyweedsticky bob,[4] stickybudstickybackrobin-run-the-hedgesticky willy,[3][5] sticky willowstickyjackstickeljackgrip grass, sticky grass, bobby buttons, whippysticks and velcro plant,[6] is an annual, herbaceous plant of the family Rubiaceae.  — Wikipedia.

Today in the wood shop my students will continue working on their pyramid boxes related to their study of ancient Egypt. 

Children are much more like weeds than corn. We hope they all grow up straight and tall like corn, but diverse, with each enabled with a variety of coping strategies. One of those should be to work with their hands, developing skill and exercising creativity.

Make, fix and create. Assist others in learning lifewise.

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