I barely know her. Yet I dance to her every tune. She is not my new boss and she is not my gatepass to a lottery either. She changes every year, her demands change, but my loyalty towards fulfilling them seldom does. She does not know the skills she has unwittingly brought out in me. She is my kid’s teacher.
My kid is right now in her Primary. But what lessons her few years of schooling has taught me!
Chart world : Lets take for example the art of ‘Charts’. Almost every other week charts to be presented colourfully, differently. For someone like me who has a handwriting like a chicken scratch, it means diligent and dedicated effort for a presentable writing on charts. I am progressing….i can see it. Yippeeee!
From Art work to Hard work : Have I told you, there is this set of people whom I revere, I see in awe, almost worship them – for that one quality I seldom display. They are the artists. I had never before willingly ventured on painting, drawing or anything that’s close to art other than worshipping them and patronising them. But here she is , demanding that stuff be done within the shortest possible time, with a clause – to be handmade, not to be purchased readymade. Lets take the latest example of having to send across a prototype of an animal’s tail. (Thank god, I have friends who sometimes step in and ease me out of this. In this case ingenious Mythili who did it with a orange dustercloth rolled in, painted with black stripes –tigers’ envy, Mythili’s pride!). Other instances being hello cards, thank you cards, prototypes of beach, etc.
Nothing is impossible: Over the last few years, we have mastered the art of dressing up the kid in unimaginable costumes (to be handmade) – carrot, coriander, parachute, peacock, spaceship and what not. All the creative nerves deployed to its best.
Team work – We (some parents) have worked out that team work helps. So much so, from enthusiastic idea sharing chats, to a parents’ meet for a kids project. The last one was a ‘touch and feel’ book we had to do – using various textures (tree – felt cloth, rabbit – cotton, horse – sandpaper, etc). That was fun.
Discipline – By the way, timelines are sacrosanct and cannot be deviated for any reason!
Teachers being teachers, and schools being schools, I guess, have hidden objectives of training the parents for a better tomorrow of their wards or is the objective to ensure family bonding over school projects ! Well whatever it is, the kids are out there having all the fun, a little more at our expense! So no complaints.