I can’t decide: does my situation best go with Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Moose a Muffin?
I think I’m going to go with the moose. The rabbit hole is tempting, but the moose situation is probably more accurate.
On occasion, I lead hikes for the local Land Trust here in north Alabama. Like most people who do that sort of thing, I enjoy being outdoors, I enjoy being with people outdoors, and I enjoy talking with people about the outdoors. Plus I’m a willing volunteer–that’s my number one qualification for the job.
For better or worse, I’m a teacher. If I know something, I want you to know it too. Fortunately, I have social filters and can detect when other people don’t want to know what I know, so things usually work out okay.
Anyway, back to the moose conundrum.
If you ask Tim to lead a hike, he’s going to probably say yes.
If he says yes, he’s going to want to do a good job telling people about the area.
If he’s going to tell people about the area, he’s going to do some research.
If he does some research, he’s going to find a way to best communicate what he’s learned.
If he’s trying to best communicate things to a group, he’s going to make visual aids.
If he’s making visual aids, he’s probably going to spend most of the weekend before the hike making something like a map. A big map.
If he spends most of the weekend making a map, he probably won’t finish the baseboard molding to wrap up his kitchen floor installation.
Or do much else, for that matter.
On the bright side, I’m pretty happy with how the map came out!