Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Life

October 7, 2012

Whole Family: There's always room for self-improvement

Here I am, thinking I’m all grown up. Mature, professional, dignified, and maybe even — ever so slightly — classy? I feel fairly confident and assured now that I’m 40 years old, sport matching Vera Bradley bags and natural, muted lip gloss. I’m standing at full height, eye-to-eye with the world, becoming a professional health-care provider, right?

But then.

In the most casual, perhaps clever, way, my university professor — a doctorate-level nurse practitioner, mind you — praised my bubble-gum-bubble-blowing talents. Last time I checked, bubble-gum-bubble-blowing skills are not on the nurses’ test.

Because I typically sit in the very front row under the instructor’s nose so as not to miss one morsel of information — an annoyance in and of itself, no doubt — this ultimate superior had witnessed easily from her perch at the lectern my prolific popping.

So not only was I popping gum in an upper-level university classroom; I also was popping gum, essentially, in my instructor’s face.

When she casually mentioned my, er, talents, I was instantly mortified. Had I really been popping gum? In her class? While she lectured, with all the seriousness required, about goiters, blindness and ear infections?

“How rude of me!” I told her. She sort-of smiled noncommittally and assured me that she, too, liked to blow bubble-gum bubbles.

“But not in a university classroom under the PhD professor’s nose, I bet,” I thought. “Not when you’re working on becoming a professional nurse. Not when you’re the oldest student in the class?”

I had a familiar sensation — conviction, revelation, insight, whatever — that I was about to learn something big if only I embraced it.

Well, I’m embracing it.

My bubble-gum issues are probably some Freudian oral thing. I have been known to blow through several packs a day — chomping one juicy piece after another. My mother did her duty and scolded me about the smacking and popping; I just didn’t listen.

I’ll leave why to the psychologists.

Without slipping into morbid and self-piteous reflection — but reflecting nonetheless — I began to think about my other, similar habits and what they communicate about me and to others. I immediately saw room for great improvement.

There’s the way I dress, my timeliness — or lack thereof — and even the way I sit in class, which is often with my feet up on another chair.

Upon further reflection, then, I saw — obviously — a column topic.

It’s this: We can make some changes. Thankfully, mine might include shopping.

Text Only
Life
  • Schrock_Rhonda_cutout RHONDA SCHROCK: Eight is enough ... times two, plus three and counting That is one big number. In this case, it is, though it's not so large when one is discussing, say, cups of coffee consumed in a week or the number of socks lost in a month. Then it seems perfectly reasonable. But when the topic is children, 19 is a v

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • cutout Kingsley, Aaron Sawatsky Many people looking out for Goshen’s trees Here is what my Wednesday consisted of, at least until noon. The first thing I needed to do that morning was put up the Maple City Arbor Day Celebration banner at the entrance to the Rieth Interpretive Center. I've had the banner riding around with m

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • wade hammond ask a vet mug ASK A VET: DEAR DR. WELDY'S: What is a bowed tendon? What should I look for if I suspect my horse has one? DEAR READER: A bowed tendon refers to a flexor tendon that has been injured, usually by over stretching or straining the tendon beyond its elastic limits.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • PLAIN SIDE: A hearty parlor tussle with Pictionary Pictionary. You play it? I've always enjoyed the game -- my lack of artistic skills notwithstanding. Calvin and his family take it to another level though. If we play with them, we holler, we shiver, we jump, we scream, we cheer and we groan. Calvin'

    April 19, 2014

  • Finding the best in the ‘worst’

    Each year a "Worst Jobs" list comes out. Goshen News night editor Daniel Riordan takes issues with newpaper reporter's place on that list.

    April 18, 2014

  • Miles and miles of memories

    (Photo by Ashley Householder) Sam and his first car, Xenia, a 2005 Scion xB.

    Saying good bye to a car isn't easy for a gearhead.

    April 18, 2014

  • David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.jpg Easter crime mysteries? Some Easter traditions go beyond chocolate bunnies Visions of chocolate candies, Easter bunnies and the risen Christ come to mind this Easter season -- at least in the United States. But what about the rest of the world? Here are a few traditions and surprises.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • At the game with Ernie

    Baseball on radio brings the imagination alive

    April 13, 2014

  • There are many ways to measure success It yields a virtual sea of books, talks and podcasts; classes, seminars and sermons; pointers, tips and 10-step lists; and gaggles of guides that promise the seven secrets to it. The "it," of course, is success. A dictionary definition? Easy: the ach

    April 13, 2014

  • FEA GN140413 dick lehman 08 Passion for pottery

    Passion for pottery BY SAM HOUSEHOLDER sam.householder@goshennews.com

    Dick Lehman has spent his 33-year career as a potter learning how to see.

    Lehman has built a successful career despite no formal, traditional pottery training.

    April 13, 2014 6 Photos

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results