I must admit, reading manuals does not rank in the top ten of my most enjoyable activities. Personally, I like to put my hands on and get the manual out if I *need* to. But when you have children, you change your ways and try to teach them the value of reading the manual first. This week I saw both teens reading manuals, with slightly different; but definitely delightful outcomes. They never fail to be a source of joy and laughter!
The first came when our oldest teen received a box brought to the door. To say she was a bit delighted was an understatement! My darlin' teen has had this item on her Larry Burkett inspired, long term savings list, for over a year.I loved watching her smile as she patiently read every word. I could probably have given her a pop quiz and she would've sailed right through. But one of the joys of home schooling is that when something exciting, that you've been saving for over a year comes, you can pause and return to school work a bit later.And thirty minutes later (I know it was thirty minutes - because the manual said that amount of time was needed to allow the CD player to warm up before turning it on) we were treated to some beautiful music.
After reading a portion of the car manual on the way to my grandmother's, my youngest teen made an amazing discovery. I love her curious mind. I had asked her to read one section for me (and she did) and then she continued reading about a different area. My question was: When the gas light comes on to indicate we need fuel, what is the amount of fuel in the tank when the light comes on?A few moments later, "Ummm, Mama, do you have a screwdriver?" "Pardon me dear; but mama does not keep a screwdriver handy when I'm driving." I was able to offer a pen cap (shown clenched between her teeth).If we ever *need* to open the sunroof manually, we now know how!And a screwdriver (she is quite certain) would work much better than a pen cap! I love our teens!