"Tell 'em bout the eight-cup line, Boss!" I most certainly will, "Hoppin Bob!" This thought came to me about a month ago, but didn't prompt me to write until today. I've been making and drinking coffee for years now, and haven't really paid attention to the designs of my past and present Cuisinarts. A while ago, I simply thought that the designs were flawed. I'd fill the pot to the eight-cup line and pour it into the maker. The water seemed to never meet the eight-cup line on the maker itself, leading me to add extra. Yet, when all was said and brewed, I'd have exactly eight cups in the pot. It was not until early last month that it hit me, "there is no flaw in the design!" The designer took into account that some of the water would not make it into the pot, due to the ground coffee's absorption of it.
This concept made me think of parenting. We, parents, are always taking into account the things which our youngans can't quite see or understand, when we are counseling them, directing them, and teaching them. Their young minds have not seen, nor have their lives experienced, all the things we've seen, done, and been through. Now, there are parents out there that know of all sorts of pitfalls, yet offer no good guidance to their kids. Why? I have my own thoughts on that, but that's another post.
There are times that I am exhausted from repeating myself over and over, but I've been encouraged by outcomes yet to appear. At some point in my young adult life, many of the seeds that my parents sowed, began to sprout. Those sprouts are now strong trees, with the deepest of deep roots, withstanding any and all that life has to blow my way. Knowing this, where I am, I am confident that this will be my children one day. They will be even better human beings than I have been. They will be stronger! They may not see the wisdom found in the eight-cup line now, but they will understand at some point that there was a lot extra going into their makers, than what the pot shows.
Bryan Hollomon Williams