Trudge, Trudge, Trudge, . . . ZING . . . Trudge, Trudge, Trudge.
For Sesame Street lovers, this may be a “blast from the past.” Do you remember watching Sesame Street where the fuzzy caterpillar (as I remember it) slowly inched his way across the top of a brick wall. In the background, a voice was saying, “Trudge, Trudge, Trudge, . . .ZING . . .Trudge, Trudge, Trudge, . . .ZING . . .Trudge, etc. Each time the ZING part appeared, the little fuzzy caterpillar would hump up very high and then quickly settle back down to slowly hump his way through each Trudge.
It was a great visual of how we live our lives. We do a lot of trudging before we get to ZING. I think this helps children understand the concept of doing all the boring things before getting to the fun stuff. Chores need to be finished before going outside for a snowball fight. Dinner has to be eaten before dessert is served. Practicing the clarinet every day occurs before performing in the concert. Life is full of Trudges for all of us.
In decreasing explanations to little ones, teach them about “Trudging” and “ZINGing”–this will allow you to use just one word to express a whole page full of asking for compliance or using one word to celebrate the small steps of success.
Be gentle with trudging and ZING’ing, especially to those who may have to endure greater trudging and smaller ZINGs.