I want to enter the various cultures around me with a curious mind and a willing heart. In the past few days, I've been invited to experience various "cultures" whether it's joining the swim team community, learning about the various spiritual cultures of my neighbors, or entering the college culture by watching movies students love, listening to music they download, and attending the places they go downtown.
As I thought about what it means to love people and be a good friend, this concept of entering different cultures seemed suddenly so important.
Right at that moment, my husband was leaving to go to his workshop. On his days off, he apprentices with a carpenter to learn the skills of woodworking and carpentry. (Note: Apprentice is a fantastic verb. It means to study under a master to learn the skills of a trade. Apprenticing represents a whole cultural system by which a new generation trains for a trade. I wish I could apprentice under certain mothers, teachers, and wives.)
So we go.
It feels like a foreign country. He shows us big, scary machines with names like planer, jointer, miter saw, and band saw. I start asking questions. Soon, I learn that my husband can take material like these split logs:
Right now, we are back home, and the girls are playing with their block of wood--imagining all sorts of things with it. We entered the culture of woodworking with a curious mind and a willing heart, and we had more fun than I could have ever thought possible. Living with flair means I enter the various cultures around me by being curious and willing. I apprentice and learn. I want to do it everyday.