June 22, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

In case any of you are fairly new to this blog, on Wednesdays I do something different around here.  Wednesday is called Wake Up Wednesday. I provide a challenge you are welcome to participate in with me. It's some type of good deed, to help us remember the world around us. The next Wednesday you can share your experiences in the comment section and there will be a new challenge for the coming week.

Last week's challenge was to teach someone something.  I worked on numbers with Rex.  Baden naps a lot longer than Rex does, so sometimes it gives us a bit of extra one on one time that I think he appreciates.  It's a great time for me to work with him and teach him.  (We don't do it everyday, but here and there.)

This week's challenge is to learn the names of three people and use their names to greet them.  We'll have two weeks to work on it.  (I'm going to skip Wake Up Wednesday next week during Hair Week.)  Do you ever not know someone's name, but then you get to the point that it's awkward to ask because you should know it?  Everyone loves to hear his or her name.  It makes us feel special and appreciated.  Maybe you can learn someone's name who you meant to learn a while ago.  Maybe you could learn the name of the cashier you always seem to get at the grocery store.  Maybe you could learn the names of all the kids who live on the block.  I came upon this story yesterday and it inspired this challenge:

During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. "Absolutely," the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. - Joann C. Jones

So, let's hear about your experience from last week!  Did you get the chance to teach anyone anything?  I'd love to hear about it.  Thanks for being here.


  1. I taught my sister how to sew clothes for her dolls and she was so happy! She's been running about showing people her creations all week!



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  3. Anonymous22.6.11

    I LOVE your blog. I'm a new mom and just started blogging. Any helpful hints on how to gain followers? I have a lot of views on my blog but not many followers. Thanks for any advice you can give me!

  4. There's a Saturday Night Live sketch about this: http://www.hulu.com/watch/200107/saturday-night-live-whats-that-name

    They did another one with Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga that had kind of a funny twist: http://www.hulu.com/watch/243592/saturday-night-live-whats-that-name

  5. I "taught" my cousin how to make a zippered pouch. Technically we followed the tutorial together but she is just beginning to sew so I suppose it was teaching. Thanks for the challenges. I love thinking outside of myself. I am excited about hair week. I just got 10 in cut off to donate to locks of love. It will be fun to learn some new tricks.

  6. I taught my son to chew gum and not swallow it...well- sort of!
    Love the challenge for this week!

  7. Hi Cheri,

    I've been following your blog for a few weeks now and am in love. I'm not a big internet surfer and generally don't follow many blogs, but I look forward to yours every day. I feel like you cover so many aspects of life--crafts, how to be a good citizen, how to appreciate your family, and while not overtly religious, that part of your life shines through.

    Today I looked up your name, and will now think of this as "Cheri's blog", not "that new blog I like". Now off to learn the names of the ladies at my dry cleaners...



  8. Since I'm a teacher, I hope I taught someone something. I'm currently teaching summer school for 3-6 year olds 1/3 of which live with special needs. Their are 8 weeks in summer school so we did a week on transportation and now are doing a week on each continent (I did teach them n awesome continent song :). This week has been great since we are studying Africa and we have a student adopted from Rwanda.

  9. Anonymous22.6.11

    my little man is in love with all things toy story. although he doesn't get to watch it very much he loves anything that has to do with those movies... he was calling it toe toe so I am teaching him how to say it... we are still working on it but we have gone from toe toe to toy toyey... among the many other words we are trying to teach. He has started talking a lot this past week! so cute... love this stage!!

  10. I am teaching my son to tie his shoes. Big job. And we are working on it everyday. baby steps.

  11. I have been working on colors with my almost 2 year old and your challenge inspired me to get more serious about it. She now knows red, pink, green, black, white, yellow and orange. Blue is still tricky.

    I go to library classes just about once a week and should start learning the names of the familiar moms I seem to see each week while there (and their kids)

  12. I taught some kids about the importance of deadlines. I learned that we need to clarify our "rules."

  13. I'm going to learn my neighbour's names.

    I'm terribad with names, including my OWN CHILDREN, my husband knows them all. The thing is all my neighbour's have been incredible to us since we have moved in 6 months ago. One is painting our house, one gave us a 2000L water tank. Our across the road neighbor plys us with cookies and coffee and has lent me gardening gear several times.
    They are fantastic people. I think its my job to learn their names.

  14. Thankfully this is one of my strengths. I am pretty sure my Dad was in the same class as the lady in your story. He had the same final and passed that bit of knowledge down to all of his girls. Thanks Cheri!

  15. Anonymous30.6.11

    A friend just recommended your blog to me because I am doing 30 outifts in 30 days and also probably because my hair is a mess (but she was too polite to say!) anyway I LOVE your Wednesday thing it's awesome. Very, very cool concept. I will be back on Wednesday to see the next challenge.


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