Just finished my week long gig. While talking to some parents regarding their infant it dawned on me that one of the problems with America/Americans is PERFECTION. We want everything to be perfect - can't tolerate our babies spitting up (does anyone my age remember there being any mention of GERD years ago; if babies didn't spit up we wouldn't need "burp clothes"), purchased a home which you can't afford - let the govt. help me out;
thats right Doc.im only 15 and im obsessed with perfection, especially in my school work. i cant make less than an A. my parents dont care what i make as long as i dont fail but it makes me crazy if i dont do well.
____________________ War Means Fighting And Fighting Means Killing - N. B. Forrest
When war does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Stonewall Jackson
Doc when I was teaching I would have to deal with kids and parents who wanted perfect students. I had a book I would loan to parents at parent conference day about perfection and how to deal with it. I think at one time I had three copies . I can't for the life of me remember the title right now but it sure helped alot of parents deal and understand the problem.
I had a little girl in my class one day that was trying to draw herself. She had a very detailed dress on that day. She was trying to get the dress perfect on the paper. Now I taught first grade gifted children. I looked at the drawing which was wonderful what she had drawn so far. I said what do you think I expect ? Picasso? You are a child. I knew the lesson got though to the others in class when I hear later in the year one kid say to another, "You know she doesn't expect Picasso. " I did that first time have to explain who Picasso was though.
Perfection is only perfection when it's compared to. . . imperfection, maybe? And though perfection is needed in things like weapons of mass destruction and surgery and stopping at stop signs, etc., it is the imperfections that give one character and something to strive against when aiming for perfection! In Civil War terms, we tend to remember McClellan for his imperfections before we credit his perfections (whatever they were!?).