Mama religiously lived by the axiom, "Cleanliness is next to Godliness." She was notorious for washing clothes and kids. To put it mildly, making mud pies was repugnant to Mama. Why on earth would anyone want to get their hands and clothes and everything else dirty on purpose? I just wanted to know what the mud would fee like in my fingers and hands, and to find out if you could really shape it into something that resembled a pie.
My mud pie curiosity used to drive my teachers crazy, but they didn't teach it out of me. Now, that curiosity makes me wonder what will happen if I click on this or that button, or follow a link. Thankfully, there's usually someone around to help me out if I go down the wrong rabbit hole, online or off.
In the last several months, mud pie curiosity has taken me to a lot of new places in technology and on the Internet, like starting a blog, doing a "link-up" for the 31 Day Blogging Challenge, and discovering I could check Gmail on my phone. I heard a speaker at an educators's conference a few years ago say that those in our generation (baby boomers, or nearly) are aliens in technology while today's generations are native born. How true, but I'd rather be encouraged by Captain Kangaroo who allegedly said, "Slow and steady wins the race."
Tom and I are big M.A.S.H. fans. One of the funniest episodes pertained to a child stranded in a minefield. Okay, that's not funny, but since it was M.A.S.H. we knew the child would be fine. The funny part was Colonel Henry Blake and his faithful sidekick, Radar, looking for a map of the landmines, and then trying to read it. Henry was totally out of his element trying to read a grid, and started rattling off standard measurement equivalencies. I guess you had to be there, but if you're familiar with the show and the character you totally get it. Maybe you've felt the same panic and confusion when thrust into unknown territory, literally or figuratively.
Embracing technology to build a platform for my book had been a combination of mud pie curiosity, and minefield puzzlement. There's just so much to learn and figure out! Does anyone else feel that way? And what about this? Just exactly who are you supposed to be addressing when you post on Facebook, my kid's Sunday School teacher or the cute guy at the office? Are there rules for posting, you know like maybe grammar or etiquette rules?
Are you an alien or native? Do you tend to be more mud pie curious or try to figure out the grid to the minefield? Where are you hoping your journey will take you?
10 You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you.