Daily Prompt: Teachable Moment

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?

Try it myself!

Trade school was the only pleasant arena of learning.  I don’t even look at assembly directions first!

Schools that did not work……come in, sit down, be quiet, listen to smarter kids answer in half a second, humiliated to have mind go blank when asked a direct question,getting slapped by teachers,thinking one letter or number and writing a totally different one.

Schools that worked……..Masonary when I could get my hands in the mortar slap the “mud” on the trowel and whisk it on the concrete block. Horticulture, 6 weeks of class and 6 weeks of real work place internships. Heating repair, responding to heat out moments in the greenhouse and my own home observing and trouble shooting.

High school was a boarding school in Iowa. there was a building project going on the campus, I was able to get a project of building stone wall up the side of a house. This was a catalyst for curbing home-sickness but also gave value to my being whisked away from sketchy friends.

Work and learning hands on go hand in hand, for me.maybe thats why I appreciate home schooling and farm living.


Perennial plant propogator for Creekhill nursery. Over 40 years of experience with lots of plants from foliage, cut flowers, seasonal potted plants, annuals and perennials. A plant geek and nerd, i am

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