Of goats and gamins

Schoolwork is much more interesting when the writing implements have altercations with one another.

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It is also an excellent opportunity for me to practice patience.

Thomas is challenged to be patient while he does schoolwork, too.  Anthony has a habit of creeping up ever so softly behind him, reaching under his elbow, and stealing a crayon or eraser or pencil.  He then runs off in high glee, because he knows, as sure as morn follows night, that Thomas will give a great wail, and a heated chase will ensue, around and around the dining and living rooms.

I try to tell Thomas (although he is usually too upset to hear) something that someone once told me, only about him, to wit:

Some time ago in confession my jaw almost hit the kneeler when instead of hearing, as I half-feared, “Wretch!  How could you lose your temper with your small child?” what the priest actually said was, “You know he’s just trying to get your goat, don’t you?”

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I think this qualifies as a Social Studies lesson for all three of us.

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