A pal suggested I teach finger crochet first, but really the great thing about crochet is the little metal hook you get to bandy about. It's all about the tools. In the middle of the lesson one of the Thirdlanders yelled out, "I'm not getting this, but I don't care. I'm going to just keep fooling around with it." The kid's obviously a creative genius.
The Thirdlanders are fabulous. At the end of the day, we watched a video about the limestone industry in Monroe County. I took notes on the white board while they took notes on their papers. At the end of the DVD, I said, "I'm super proud of all these notes I took!" A Thirdlander jumped up and said, "Let's all of us stand around your notes and you can take a class picture of us." Well, that seemed like the most brilliant idea I've ever heard, so I handed a kid the DVD case which featured a fine picture of a limestone quarry, and the Thirdlanders huddled around my excellent set of notes for some photography. They have a silly exuberance that tries my soul at times, but at other times, I just admire how hilarious they are.