I had horrible homework habits as a student. I told myself I worked better under pressure and always saved my homework until the last minute. The fact is, I only worked under pressure, so I have no idea how well I would have done if I would have given myself more time to complete each assignment.
I’ve tried to start my kids off from the beginning with good study habits. They have way more homework than I ever remember having (I don’t think I had any homework until 3rd or 4th grade), but we already have a routine. The boys come home and have a snack and waste time for a while, and then it’s straight to the table for homework, followed by at least 15 minutes of reading (also required by their teachers) before they can play with friends.
The other day when the boys got home from school I told them to grab a snack and get started on their homework while I took a quick shower. As soon as I got upstairs, I heard them outside in the backyard. I opened my bathroom window to yell at them to get to their homework, but a warm breeze hit me.
I looked down to see that the breeze was rattling my Ash tree. Dozens of yellow leaves danced toward the ground. Isaac was chasing each leaf, trying to catch them all in a cup in his hands. They proved too fast and capricious for his small cup.
Asher grabbed a handful of leaves tossed them in the air and managed to catch a couple of his own.
I’m so glad that my boys still notice the allure of creation.
Oh, it just brought a smile to my face and a peace in my heart.
Depending on how the wind blows, we usually have a couple of days a week, where homework takes hours and the boys whine and complain the whole time. This day, was not one of those days. We decided to head to the deck and read outside and finish our homework there. This was our view.
Oh, the difference a view can make!
I dread the coming months, when the leaves are long raked away and our bare trees open up a new scenery of a bright yellow and green building and a chain link fence. When it’s too cold to expend all our energy outside, and the homework tears start rolling again…
But that’s in the future. This is now. And now, I’m going to enjoy the view.
God, may these boys, may I never lose the sense of wonder at the beauty of your creation. May we never put a list of chores above noticing what you are doing around us. Keep our eyes open and our souls in tune with your spirit. Thank you for giving us this amazing world. May we hold on to these moments in the sun when the dark clouds roll in and the colorful leaves are long gone and we’re left with little but a chill in the air. May we find new beauty in pine trees and twinkling lights. Remind me then that the table is not a mandatory tool for homework. That a change of scenery can flip a mood. May we remember that each new season will come in it’s time, and never forget to enjoy the wonders of your love.