Every week is a whole new mountain of information for her to take in. As we moved through her folder we came to a worksheet on patterns. They were supposed to listen to directions and using pumpkins they had already cut out, color and paste the rows of pumpkins.
The first row of brown pumpkins is colored carefully, mostly inside the lines, and with deliberation. The second green row is colored carefully as well. The third row of blue pumpkins starts to get less "inside the lines." By the fourth row, the purple crayon seems to have traveled roughly across the images and the entire fifth pink row of pumpkins is colored in, paying no attention to the lines at all. The final row is blank. "We didn't have time," she explained.
I asked her casually, "So, what happened to coloring inside the lines?"
And sighing, as though she recalled the exercise with exhaustion, she replied, "I got tired of trying to stay inside the lines. I just wanted to use all my crayons."
And she's right.