Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Day 333: Puzzling

Did I ever tell you that I am certified in Gerontology?  Certifying was like minoring, but a little bit easier.  I'm all about choosing the option that's a little bit easier.  Especially when they're offering a $200 scholarship to do it.

As a part of my certification, I had to do an internship.  So, once or twice a week I headed up to the Senior Friendship Center and hung out in the fitness room.  The idea was that I would set up work out programs, demonstrate the fitness equipment in the room, and teach Tai Chi, among other things.  Unfortunately, it turns out that not all that many Senior citizens are interested in learning these things.  At least, not at the Friendship Center.

But I gained two things from this experience:

1.  I realized that I didn't want to make a career out of teaching strength training and wellness to the elderly, as I previously thought I did.

2.  During all of the down time, when no one was asking for our help, the other interns and I "puzzled".  There were a ton of puzzles.  We became extremely adept at puzzling.  Seriously.  Amazing.  I've always enjoyed a good puzzle, but I had no idea that it was a skill to be strengthened.

And, for the record, I did my fair share of actual interning there as well.  I learned and then taught Tai Chi, I set up work out programs for a small number of people, and mostly, I answered individual questions about fitness and health.  And I made some good friends.

Tonight I worked on a puzzle with my family.  Everyone except Baby B.  It was a 300-piece scene from The Little Mermaid.  That's the biggest we've ever done with the kids.  And it was a Joyful Moment working on it together.  It was just good, clean, simple fun.  And they were so proud when we were finished.  They're pretty good at puzzles.  I might be a little proud, too.  It looks like they've inherited my skillz.

Wishing you all good, clean, simple Joyful Moments!

1 comment:

Linda said...

That's one thing I wish we'd done over the holiday, but I'm not going to feel sad. We can make puzzles next time. :) We gave our FHE lesson on the temple and that brought us lots of joy. Especially because we can be a forever family.