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Wide Turns

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Yesterday my son turned six. I have no idea where the time went.

I remember I used to get to pick up my son from daycare.  There was nothing like the joy I felt when my little buddy would run into my arms after having waited all day for my return.

Our ride home was a short one. About 5 minutes tops. On the way home my son always asks if Mommy and “Beel” (his sister Bailey) were home. Usually we don’t know until we turned the corner and could see the driveway. Once we pulled up and put the car in park I would unbuckle him from his car seat and let him go. What he did next always tickled me because it was so innocent and because it was something that never occurred to me.

My son would climb out of his car seat and proceed to take a wide turn around the back of the car. Eventually winding up at the front door. I on the other hand. Being the sensible adult. Took the shortest path to the front door. Why wouldn’t I?

Then again, why are we always looking for the shortest path? Most of us have our daily routines down the minute. How long it takes to shower, get dressed, drive to work, etc. We usually attempt to complete most of these tasks as fast as we can, leaving little time for variation.

Why do we do this? From what I’ve gathered in my 46 years, taking the shortest or quickest path does not make any experience more enjoyable. If anything, it causes us to “tack on” one more thing that we previously did not have time for.

Hmmm.

What if we stopped trying to have as many mediocre moments as possible and started working on having a few more awesome moments?

I think it is worth a try.

I think we all need to learn from our kids and start taking a few more wide turns. Taking wide turns might prevent us from checking everything off our to do list. But I’m fairly certain sure it will help us add to our fun pile. And, really isn’t that more important?

So go ahead. Take a wide turn today. My guess is you will be glad you did.

 

All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it.

 

Antoine de Saint Exupery

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Jon is currently the assistant principal at Sandy Hill Elementary School in Cambridge, Maryland. This is his sixth year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman's Club that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.  


 


Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.  


 


Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.

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