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Karl Lessons
Friday, July 7, 2017 by Susan Lyttek

I checked through the years of old blog posts and discovered that I never focused one on Karl. He hasn’t even been part of a birthday tribute. Since today is his 19th birthday, I need to rectify that. Here are some lessons that he has taught me over the years.

Age 1: Good food is worth the effort. (He loved steak before he had teeth.)

Age 2: Life is an adventure—every day. And that keeps my mom in shape. (He climbed trees and escaped shopping carts at this age.)

Age 3: Everyone needs me. (During the time following 9/11 and the D.C. sniper, he could tell people were down and afraid. He would hand out paper or invisible Karls so they could have him with them.)

Age 4: Age is a state of mind. Therefore, I’m 14.

Age 5: Look Mom, I’m being dangerous! (Said just before he flew over the handlebars.)

Age 6: I’m voting for more field trips. (He wasn’t thrilled with school.)

Age 7: King of the backstroke. (I think all of his swim ribbons were for that stroke.)

Age 8: Didn’t you remember, Mom, that art teachers make drawing no fun? (I had become sick on art days because of not liking my art teacher. He followed my example.)

Age 9: Taekwondo rolls and falls can help you when a car hits you. (He went into an automatic back fall and only suffered bruises.)

Age 10: But the ice cream on the cruise ship was SO good! (He ate so much of it that he gained a dairy allergy.)

Age 11: A long book is a good book. (Didn’t like reading until he tried Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle.)

Age 12: I’m a Boy Scout! (He had wanted to join Erik’s troop for a couple of years.)

Age 13: Disagreements are fun. Arguments are not.

Age 14: I don’t want to do 50 miles, but I will if they insist. (He suffered through Lenhok'sin high adventure as the smallest in his crew. Their crew met all the other goals, including all five peaks.)

Age 15: Math rules are annoying. I can solve the problems without them.

Age 16: Eagle project done. Classical guitar is amazing. Trail Life is… interesting.

Age 17: I don’t like stick shift. It’s not efficient. Sorry, Mom.

Age 18: Rule 1—Humans are weird. Rule 2—Humans are stupid. Rule 3—If anyone causes you problems or you can’t understand why they did something, look at rules 1 & 2 and cut them some slack.

At every age, Karl has taught me something about life and myself. I look forward to his age 19 truism!

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Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013