April’s word of the month is flexibility. Having a positive and hopeful attitude helps us to overcome challenges. When times are difficult or mistakes are made, it is important to stay motivated and be flexible. It helps to find humor in unexpected situations. Read Bruce Lansky’s poem, Oops!, and watch the little girl laugh. Remember both of these the next time you may feel anxious about a situation.
By: Bruce Lansky
Three coffee cups my mother loved
lie shattered on the floor.
Three ripe tomatoes splattered
when they hit the kitchen door.
Three jumbo eggs are scrambled.
But they’re not on a plate.
Three loaves of bread are crumbled.
I’ll use the crumbs for bait.
Three Barbie dolls have lost their heads.
Three pepper mills are smashed.
Three goldfish died while doing flips.
Three model airplanes crashed.
Three lettuce heads unraveled.
Three onions came unpeeled.
My parents didn’t know who did it
till my sister squealed.
My parents are befuddled.
They think that I’ve gone nuts.
But there’s a simpler explanation:
I’m a juggling klutz.
Talk to your parents about a time in their life and your life when you showed flexibility. It might not be something you wanted to happen but you had to accept this obstacle. Were you able to laugh about the problem? Why or why not? Did you know that some of the greatest inventions came from the biggest mistakes?
What about characters from books? Which character(s) demonstrated flexibility in his/her story? Let’s add them to our class chart.