“Surprise and the unexpected are aspects of a realm of freedom, where quantifying and prediction have little part to play. And, indeed, they are an aspect of a story-in-the-making, of discovering who we might become..."
- Maxine Greene
Maxine Greene was one of the theorists that was an integral part of my action research for my Master's thesis. After returning from the National Art Educators Association annual convention last weekend, I have been mulling over how these theories and ways of thinking, ways of being, are not limited to my classroom nor to my teaching.
Duh, right? It took me long enough to realize this. Maybe simply to remember it?
We are each stories-in-the-making. Our lives can take such unexpected, yet exciting, turns. There is not always one right answer, nor one right path to take. As in my classroom, I need to remember to be open to possibilities.
I tend to make decisions rather quickly. I do a little research, find a few options, but I am usually ready to make a decision as soon as possible. I hate not knowing, or not having a plan in place. I am a planner! Brian is really good at slowing me down. He likes options, order, and research, too. But he is my voice of reason and usually says, "Let's wait a bit."
This has proven to be the "right" thing to do time and time again. Our first apartment for example: I did a lot of online research, visited a few places, and was ready to sign a lease at a place I thought to be the best option. Brian had me wait just a week or two to sign; and in that time, we found our current home -- a much nicer complex, better rent, with more space than the apartment I felt "was the one." Waiting a bit brings new possibilities; options that I cannot anticipate or foresee.
I have recently gotten it into my head that we need more space, and I was convinced we should buy a house - like right now! (even though we have not be preparing for this and are by no means ready for home ownership) Again, Brian has been the voice of reason. Slow down, Amber. Let's wait and see. He's so good! :)
Instead, I have been watching the rental house market in our area. The planner is me is ready to start and be done; but I think I'm still too early. I keep falling in love with houses that are available now, not in June when we'll actually be able to move.
I look back on the almost 4 years Brian and I have been married, and I wouldn't change a thing! I love the story we have made, and I am excited about our story in the making, where we're headed. There are so many possibilities for us; I'm excited to see what this summer will bring!
Greene, M. (1994). Carpe diem: The arts and school restructuring. Teachers College Record, 95