Thursday June 2, 2011
"I would fain grow old learning many things." (Plato)
Fain means gladly. You may have just learned something, which is appropriate since my simple pleasure this week is learning.
So to paraphrase Plato, “I would gladly grow old learning many things.” My sentiments exactly.
I love to learn. I’d be a career student if I could! In fact, I’ve decided to take a class this summer…and then maybe another one. It will help my writing, my reading, my teaching, and just my being. It’ll be interesting.
The great thing about learning is, it’s so portable. You can do it anywhere. We learn about people and places just by noticing our surroundings. We learn from nature. We learn from our souls and spirits in communication with God; we learn from scripture.
And your posture right now is perfect for learning. It’s so easy to learn as you cruise around the internet. (There are, of course, a few caveats. Be sure you can trust your source. That’s an important lesson for kids, in itself. I teach a whole lesson at school on how to know your source is credible.)
And learning can be such a bonding experience. I can close my eyes and see the day my grandmother taught me to embroider. I love to think back on the times my sons and I read together. I remember well days spent in the kitchen as I learned how to fix the perfect Sunday roast from my mom.
And I plan to keep on learning. There’s so much out there still to be learned! Learning is such a simple – and special – pleasure.
Do you love to learn? Or teach? Do you have special learning memories, too?
Linking up today with Dayle for Simple Pleasures.