Spend time with them; enjoy them; listen to them; and love them.
They are the most incredible people, these emerging adults,
and they can become the best friends you'll ever have."
~Diana Waring, Reaping the Harvest. The Bounty of Abundant-Life Homeschooling~
Happy New Year's Eve!!!
It's been an insanely busy last couple of days...I've pretty much been absent from bloggy-land until now! On Monday and Tuesday, Bryan (my 17-almost-18-year-old) was teaching his very first class! He is helping two good friends of ours and his brother to start up their own knife-sharpening businesses, and he held a two-day training course for the guys. It was "controlled chaos" down in our basement "school," but a lot of fun.
There were two father-son duos, plus brother Nathan, so 3 new sharpeners were "birthed," in all. Bryan taught the new skill on day one, and they had all brought knives and garden tools from their own homes to learn on. I made a lasagna dinner for everyone (they all live between 1.5 and 2.5 hours from us), and we had a wonderful time of fellowship. That was NOT the "controlled chaos" day!
Day two was where it got crazy! I had emailed our small church and asked everyone who wanted free knife sharpening to bring us everything they had that had a blade so the newly minted sharpeners could keep practicing, honing their skills and, mostly, building up speed so they could handle the fast pace of the farmers market setting. The church came through,
(this is just a small portion of what was donated for the apprentices)
and we set up the basement with our farmers market booth, complete with invoices, receipt booklet, cashbox, claim tickets, the works! Because on day 2, the wives/mothers/sisters got involved doing what I do for Bryan at the markets...they learned how to "work the check in desk!" I got to be a pretend customer, and they all had to do the intake and the check out procedures, paperwork, and other things I threw at them, like hadnling a crabby customer, dealing with impatient customers when there were 5 orders ahead of theirs, and wait times were high, customers who'd lost their claim tickets, would-be thiefs who had found a claim ticket on the ground and wanted to pick up "their" expensive knife set, etc.
The gals would do a "check in" of one set of church member's knives, then put it on the "sharpener's table" behind them...Bryan then took it back to the big table where the apprenticed sharpeners were, and they'd all work on that bin of blades until all were sharpened to their and Bryan's satisfaction, and then it would come up to the girls again so they could clean the blades and put protective sheaths on them.
Bryan's "school" ran for about 8 hours each day. The guys took "Wii" breaks now and then, and a pizza party to culminate the day.
I think it was a great growing experience for Bryan; he knows he's a good sharpener, and takes pride in doing a good job. Now, he knows the joy of passing along something you're good at to someone who is eager to learn. I asked him how he enjoyed teaching..."it's alright, it's harder than I thought it would be, they don't always listen!"
Oh, I could have given him a long litany of the times he had failed to listen to me over the years...but I just smiled! I think he'd already figured it out for himself! He is marching onward and upward to adulthood...and I am LOVING this time of life as a mom!
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