Learning the Way They Learn Best

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One night last week another woman and I sat side by side placing orders in the photo department of Walgreens. I was hurrying to place an order for canvas prints from my phone so that I could take advantage of a 60% off offer.

My neighbor was using the photo kiosk to print two 4 x 6 prints. Most especially she wanted a print of two dogs to put into a horizontal frame she already had. The problem was that her image was vertical. The kind photo tech came to help her. She explained that the only way to make a vertical photo horizontal was to crop the top and bottom off the image.

Because of the layout of that photo, this meant that only the dogs’ faces would show. This was not okay with my neighbor. She insisted that the paws had to show, too. The tech patiently cropped the photo into a square which showed the faces and the paws. She demonstrated that the picture would have narrow white borders at the top and bottom and wide borders on each side.

When the lady received her print, she was unhappy. She had not understood about the white borders. She couldn’t seem to understand that it didn’t matter how much she wanted a vertical rectangle to fit into a horizontal one, it was simply impossible.

How many precious children who learn “vertically” are trying to fit into a “horizontal” education system? I’m thankful your children can learn the way they learn best.

When I left the photo department, I told the tech how hard it would be for me to answer the kinds of questions she answers all day. “I’m a patient person,” she replied.

Your daily job takes patience, too. Thank you.

We urge you, brethren,
admonish the unruly,
encourage the fainthearted,
help the weak,
be patient with everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:14


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