Pretty/Frumpy

The first snow of the season fell last night. Another change. For those of us who love change, it is easy to chant, “Get out of your comfort zone.” For those who love their “zone,” it is easy to say, “Why change?” Neither is wrong, actually, and we are all probably a bit of both.

I think of change as the only constant in my life and I embrace it, everything from a new purse (my mother had a ‘good’ one for over thirty years) to rearranging furniture. But, even so, I find it difficult sometimes to leave the confines of familiarity (my hermit zone) and go to a new school, meet new teachers, introduce myself yet again. Every time I do, I am glad. I hear more funny things come out of children’s mouths and I get more hugs. I often think back to that TV show, Art Linkletter’s segment, “Kids say the darndest things!” They still do.

Working in schools with children is a huge joy in my life. Giving city kids a hint of the rural life my children grew up with is fun for me and informative for them. They ask wonderful questions, sometimes difficult to answer, and that is good. I need challenge. It keeps me on my toes.

This past week I joined four classes of Kinder’s as I call the Kindergarten classes, in Windsor, a beautiful community east of the front range and surrounded by farms. In the first class, I was amazed to find only one child with parents in agriculture. Then it hit me, even my grandchildren cannot claim parents in AG. That realization made me happy that I do what I do. People should grow up knowing where food comes from. The milk factory is a cow – not a warehouse full of chemicals.

Anyway, back to change. Most change is good and if you have faith and patience, you will see why. Just remember to look for the silver lining. It is there. Let it nudge your heart to release your smile. Smiles make anyone pretty as apposed to frowns that make everyone frumpy (and I am being kind with that description). Go for pretty because your smile will make you feel good too.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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