"The student has surpassed the teacher."....I remember that statement from my youth. Many episodes of Kung Fu fill my head as I think about that sentence.
I am proud and humbled to say that I can say that many times over about my children. I work to teach them a certain task, or character trait, or skill, and then the reality is that my children end up being much better at it than I. It is a proud, proud day as goose on Charlotte's Web would say.
But I am even more humbled when one of my children is given an amazing trait....one that I don't have! This one is a doozie!
Kally, our third child, is the most tenacious person I have ever known! I don't think a pit bull could continue for as long as she does. :) When she decides that there is something she wants, she puts her nose to the grindstone and keeps on until she gets it just right. We noticed it about four years ago when Kally decided that she wanted to learn how to ride a bike. (there are many reasons why this skill hadn't been learned before that) We bought a bike for her and in about two days, she was a pro! Not long after that, Kally bought a pair of roller blades at a yard sale (with her own money) and again, in about two days she was perfect. Then she found a pogo stick at a garage sale, and once again with her own money, she bought it and within no time she was pogo-ing up and down the street jumping off of curbs.
I have admired this about her. I am not like this at all! I am lazy to the core and if something doesn't work right on the first try to two, I am on to something else. So when I saw her put on the headphones for Rosetta Stone and began trying it today for the first time, I shouldn't have been surprised to see what happened. She did the first couple of lessons and the results weren't exactly what she was hoping for. She got up from the table and did something else. Well...to my surprise, she came back in about 30 minutes and asked if she could work on it again. She did better this time, but still not quite what she was wanting. So in a bit, she came back again and worked on the same lessons all over again. This time...success!
This is not a skill that anyone can really teach you. You either have this willingness/desire or you don't. I don't and I am the worse for it. Kally, on the other hand, does have it, and it will serve her well for the rest of her life. I am so very proud of that girl!