I’m glad our quote this week isn’t, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Mom has been teaching me a new trick for a few days now. I’d hate to think she’s just banging her head against the wall with it.
She wants me to learn to stand on a little bench so when we visit the VA, my wheelchair friends will be able to reach me better. (Also, Mom won’t have to pick me up 859 times because apparently I am a fat, overgrown meatloaf, and I’m breaking her back.)
So I study.
Just like I studied my IQ treat hider.
And I practice.
Just like I practiced bowling.
And I’m learning.
Just like I learned to fly a plane.*
Next week, Mom will also be learning. She will be attending a webinar called The Heart of Picture Books where she will learn a new trick.
She will learn to have more heart in her writing. #olddognewtrickforsure Stories with heart are more likely to connect with readers and agents and editors. Heart is good in stories. Also in real life. Heart is good everywhere.
Learning is good everywhere, too. Even old dogs can learn new tricks.