Earl Brunner on sun 9 jul 06
I do most of the firing, and maintenance of the studio for the city ceramics lab. One of the instructors was loading a kiln the other day though and cut her hand pretty bad on a sliver of glaze still stuck to the shelf. Initially, I was taking a lot of heat from her about the shelves not being cleaned properly. I pointed out that I always clean the shelves as I am unloading them, she then allowed that maybe SHE was the one that had unloaded the previous firing, but it was still somehow my fault.......
So I asked her how she would be picking up shelves in the future. She admitted that she would be much more careful in the future. I told her, "Lesson learned...."
I was roundly scolded off list when my then-8-year-old had 8 stitches in
his finger after whittling with his new cub scout pocket knife -- after
all, did I think a child that age was old enough to responsibly use a
I answered that the knife was a gift to celebrate his having earned the
cub scout whittling chip after safety instruction (we taped the removed
stitches to the honorary card) --- but that in truth he was not
consistently able to operate a kitchen chair without injuring himself.
He now has a respect for his knife, though, that he didn't get form the
cub scout manual...
What was it Mark Twain said about how a child can learn a lesson, in
carrying a cat by the tail, that could not have been learned as
effectively any other way?
Kelly in Ohio, who spent much of the day mitering window trim on a table