The Best Classroom

I enjoyed my last “summer” weekend with with my husband and extended fam at the family ranch!! While visiting with my nephew, he made the comment that we only retain 6% of what we learn in elementary school. I’m not sure if that is accurate, but it did make me think about my childhood and what I actually remember. Most of my memories are not from what I learned in school but what I learned at HOME after school and during the summer. My summer classroom was the brisk Wyoming breeze, hayfields, chickens, cows and open space. It looks very much the same today as it did when I was a child.


My best teachers were mother nature, my mother and my next door neighbor – who just so happened to be my wonderful Grandmother! These amazing women taught me kindness, charity, love and service.  They taught me patience, responsibility, forgiveness and hard work. I grew up knowing that I was loved and cared for. I was blessed with much happiness and in turn I have tried to teach my children and my nieces and nephews these same principles. I firmly believe Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child: in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Thanks Mom and Grandma for being the best summer teachers, after school tutors and my best friends!

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