Friday, February 29, 2008

The Student Becomes the Teacher

If I ever want to examine my own behavior, I need not look any further than my own daughter, who mimics everything that I do. Months ago I enjoyed watching her pretend to read one of my magazines, and though I’m fairly certain she was just looking at the pictures, she did recommend that I try a warmer shade of blush the following morning (kidding).

I decided to capitalize on her wanting to read magazines like Mommy, and so I ordered a subscription to National Geographic for Kids.

Well, the first issue arrived today and you might have thought I gave her a bathtub full of water ice, M&Ms, and play-doh (a few of her favorite things). She “read” through it countless times, asking me questions and then using the new information to teach her father all that she’d learned. Though I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, I was surprised to find that I learned more than a few things myself. Quite a surprise for the woman who thinks she knows everything (at least everything about celebrity gossip, green tea, and flat irons—you know, the important stuff).

So, I thought I’d share…

1) Gorillas burp when they’re happy (shout out to McQuade and every other guy I went to college with)

2) Some snails have 15,000 teeth (but, unfortunately, no hands for brushing)

3) Animals that lay eggs don’t have belly buttons (I have nothing to say about that)

4) The average family opens the fridge 22 times a day (the kids can’t reach, the husband is at work all day, which means I eat….yikes).

5) Strawberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges (who knew?)

6) Chewing gum burns about 11 calories an hour (you see, I have been working out)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mrs. OMM,

We need to discuss the electricity bill.