Maybe I should explain what I’m getting at, because of course there’s still all kinds of good work going on in the world. But lately I’m getting tired. So if my kids complain about doing something tough, or mope around, sometimes I make the cardinal sin of just doing it for them, or just to forget it all together. It’s easier than the eye rolling or the effort it takes for me to put on a happy face and give them that sideways fist across the chest claiming, “come on, it’ll be so fun!” Sometimes I just get tired of combating all that negativity. Oh, you’re going to be gone for family dinner? Ok, we’ll catch you next time. No time to clean up after yourself, I’ll do it. Blah, blah, blah.
So as I mentioned before in our “summer expectations,” one of the things I cracked down on was memorization. I talked about how much I love memorization back HERE. And there’s a Q & A about how we did memorization in our family growing up over HERE. Oh, and we had a quick stint in poetry memorization back HERE that I loved…here’s my little tiny girls reciting one of the poems they memorized:
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Lucy recited one of her favorite Articles of Faith she had been working on:
Claire practiced up on her Theodore Roosevelt “Man in the Arena” quote that we love so much and recited that:
And Grace was a little late to the game in the midst of all her senioritis business but luckily had Helaman 5:12 up her sleeve which she knew easily by heart from memorizing it every summer with my mom for Grammie Camp. But of course it’s different when you’re doing it in front of people, and she did it fabulously:
I just have to include this video of Lu when she was trying to memorize that thing a couple years ago and now she has it down-pat and has referred to it over and over and over and over again since then:
(I can’t thank my mom enough for making it so fun for all the grandkids to know that scripture, love you mom!)
And this video was categorized with that last one under “memorization” in my photo files so I may as well share it too…it’s of Claire when she memorized the first half of The Living Christ when we did home-school-English last year:
Yes, that was literally only a little over a year ago, can you believe how much that girl has grown up in a year?? But let’s examine beyond that face that was so-darn-much-younger and check out that glow of confidence on that face?? See it? Yep, because she worked hard on that thing. But her “teacher”-who-happened-to-be-her-mother worked it into her lessons.