Steadily, for the past two years, my son has built miniature farms using various building materials. He started with paper and tape, moved to wood craft sticks, paper, and tape, and finally wood craft sticks, glue, paint, modeling clay, and rocks.
I purchased countless rolls of tape, reams of paper, multiple glue guns and glue sticks, paint, buckets of modeling clay and over 1,000 wood craft sticks to support his engineering endeavors. The barns have covered my office floor, his bedroom floor, and finally the porch.
This summer, the latest barn was his 4-H project for the county fair. When my son determined the barn size, we discussed if it could be completed in time. I suggested he build only the main barn, not the holding area or the storage sheds. He insisted he could do everything he wanted and finish on time.
In the end, the barn was not done by fair time. However, work on the barn continued. Fortunately, he learned his lesson. He has already started planning his newest barn, and next year, he will take his barn to the county fair.
As with most lessons for our children, we often learn something as well. For me, this grand barn plan of my son’s was rather like my grand plans for this blog. While it started as part of the Cool Tools for School course, my dream had grown and I had hoped to build it more.
My first post Let the Learning Begin began with George Herbert’s quote “In doing we learn.” This blog gave me the opportunity to gain many skills. From the technical to the graphic to the written word, I did learn.
Ultimately, Library Lady 2 served its true initial purpose: maintain a blog to document my experiences learning about various cool tools for school. That purpose has ended. Moreover, I must admit, my grand plans, like my son’s, are bigger than I am currently able to accomplish. One day I may have another work in progress, but now, Library Lady 2 is complete.
I want to thank you for being part of my work in progress in this blogger’s dream.