Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the "present." ~ Unknown
I copied The Magic School Bus TV series a few years ago. The shows are still taking up valuable space on my TIVO. I can’t let them go. My kids loved them, and they learned so much from them! I can’t find them on TV any more; well, I’ve been informed that they come on before we get up in the morning…
A good friend keeps telling me to ERASE them. “You can get them all from Netflix,” she informed me. She later learned that she was wrong! Netflix only offers some of them. "You can re-record them later!" she says. Nope, I can’t let them go just yet. She laughs and shakes her head smiling.
I don’t want to lose that information, and I don’t want to lose that moment and that connection that they had with that show. I don’t want to have to find them again when I might need them “any minute!” I can be so dramatic...
So, I hold on while today my daughter was having her own magic learning adventure with two pieces of yarn connected to a coat hanger. She was learning about sound and how it travels in vibrations. She said that, not me. She figured it out, and then she had to refer to a Magic School Bus episode on sound that she saw… 2 years ago.
Perhaps she wants to see them again!! And, I was just collecting the nerve to ERASE some of them so I can TIVO the Artic Diaries.
Silly, ridiculous me. I know this. I’m going through something similar with my children’s baby clothes that I have finally sorted into paper bags that are awaiting me to contact another friend and tell her to come ERASE them from my life. Those clothes were part of my babies’ lives. Those clothes smell too much like my babies… who are moving on with their lives and creating life anew every day.
My children are adventurers, and adventurers move forward. They keep moving on exploring new ….adventures. Two years ago, it was The Magic School Bus, thrilled by each episode over and over and over. Today, it was two strings of yarn connected to a coat hanger and the thrill of hearing sound vibrations travel from object tapped through hanger, up yarn, and into ears. “It’s vibrating! Just like strings make music!” I was informed. Then, she asked me if we could do more experiments. Today, it was telling me out of the blue how to spell a series of words that were learned while playing club penguin. Today, it was informing me that two people can both be right from their own perspectives, and that’s OK. Today, this child remembered a Magic School Bus episode that I need to ERASE, not from mind and memory, but from the space that allows more space to move forward and collect new experiences and grow from them.
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. ~Alan Cohen
I’m afraid to turn new corners and try new things… especially if that includes science experiments. I’m good with nature. I’m good with biology. Questioning, reading, exploring for information, adventuring “in the field” are right up my alley. And, I’m all into armchair experiments. I feel comfortable there. But, the thought of me experimenting with physics and chemistry, the thought of me building things and blowing them up paralyzes me.
My friend, the one who told me to ERASE, is an experimenter. She’s the one who gave me the yarn connected coat hanger. She experiments all the time… because she likes to move forward into the next adventure, and aren’t science experiments just one more adventure, one more unknown to explore?
“Erase them,” my daughter tells me.
“But what if you want to see them again?” I ask. She just smiles.
Maybe we can copy them. I call my husband and confer. “Well, I need to research that one,” he says.
This could take a while.
I just need to erase those wonderful shows from my TIVO. I need the space. Just like I need to move forward, take chances, make mistakes, and get messy and adventure with science experiments. Little steps will do: a coat hanger and yarn, coke bottle and a pack of Menthos, an egg and a bottle….
ERASE. Shake it out. Ready…. Set…. Go!
My daughter..and my TIVO are waiting for me!
Robin considers herself a budding naturalist and conservationist and a spiritual eclectic who enjoys celebrating the wheel of the year with her own unique blend of earth-centered world traditions.