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Is colouring calming? Thursday October 1, 2015

"What do you call that?" Mrs P, my second class teacher bellowed at me, as she lent over my work, her silver snake bangle banging on my desk.

I tried so hard not to cry and said it was my colouring-in.

She then marched me down to the kindergarten class where she told the class I should stay there until I could learn how to colour in like someone in second class.

I can still here the laughter of the kindergarten students mocking me. How I wished I could colour in neatly. I tried so hard to be like my friend Belinda whose work was always neat and whose colouring in always perfect.

Somehow my coloured pencils, (not Derwents like Belinda's ), had a mind of their own and always messed up my colouring-in by forcing my hand to colour outside the lines.

I felt so humiliated that day, not only did I have to spend all day in kindergarten, I had to spend lunch time with them too where I was bullied by 5 year olds jeering - "You are a baby, you can't colour in!"

So fast forward 50 years, imagine my surprise that the latest publishing fad is colouring books for adults to promote calmness and mindfulness.

As you can imagine colouring-in is still stressful for me so the thought of using it as a way to destress really confused me.

Some people do find colouring in very therapeutic and research shows it does help people to zone out and relax.

One customer (I saw the trend and stocked up with adult colouring books) was going into hospital where she found colouring-in helped her to cope with all the waiting and the stress.

There is a theory too that as adults we want to go back to a child-like activity because we find it reassuring.

I assume that most people reading this will find colouring-in relaxing and maybe I am the only one who finds colouring-in brings back memories of inadequacy.

Is there anything you find relaxing but stressful too?

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the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 6:23am

Hello Leah, if only teachers could see just how important they are in our lives...we believe and trust them implicitly! The humiliation of such as experience stays with us forever. Makes me shudder! Feel so bad for the child you were, and art is in the eye of the beholder!
Personally I'm not going to be buying the books and colouring in (for me it's a shared activity to be invited to by a young child...much fun) but I do believe in 'whatever gets you through'. HO and The Gardener, I wonder if your spouses have tried? I ask because I was reading about dementia sufferers making a new sense of life when baby dolls and cuddly toys were introduced. I know Altzheimers is different but I'm curious to know if there may be a similar feeling produced... One lady cared for her doll like a real baby and her family said it was the first time she had truly smiled in months. Other patients in her care home would babysit and the joy was shared. Just beautiful.
I find relaxing stressful...too much on the to do list but I'm trying to rewire my brain. Thank you for a thought provoking blog Leah, love ratg x.

Louise Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 7:11am

"I find relaxing stressful...too much on the to do list" DITTO!!

Lilly Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:05am


Hopeful One Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:41am

Hi RATG- Unfortunately the Alzheimer in my spouse's case has advanced to the point where there is a significant loss of hand eye and gait coordination so colouring in wouldn't work. But I can see how some of the other residents less affected benefiting. There is a lady suffer in the home who has a pram and a few baby dolls which she dresses ,pats and puts in the pram pushing the pram around the corridor humming all the while!It always makes me smile.

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:01am

Sorry to hear that HO. Would Iove to read a blog on your experience, you appear so dignified in this sore challenge. But I understand if it's private. How wonderful for the lady with the pram, truly wonderful. Love ratg x.

Frankie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:24am

Oh me too RATG - I find relaxing stressful when there is a full to do list! I am learning to accept that there will always be a to do list and to be comfortable with that ... it is an ongoing challenge though! Frankie x

The Gardener Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:08pm

Sadly my husband has sight problems as well. Walking, such therapy for us both, is a no-no, he is convinced in his mind that he is going to fall over, we have to take the car everywhere. Any handicrafts are out - he would build a house, attack any machine, but his only relaxation was reading - that is out - he is very bitter about it. At 'respite' they say he is good at memory games (and that is in French). I've tried doing general knowledge puzzles between us, another no-no. Thanks for the suggestion.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 6:31am

I was just about to point out to all the typo spotters that in paragraph 4, the typo fairy changed by hear to here, when I say your wonderful post. Please don't rewire your brain, I love you just the way you are ratg!!!

That is interesting about the lady caring for the doll. The adult colouring books that I have seen require much concentration and precision, so not sure if it would suit a person with Alzheimer's, but everyone is different.

Thanks again ratg,x

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:40am

:-) thank you, I'm lucky to have such friends here! But it's a bit of a problem and so it needs addressed. The feeling of never being off duty is exhausting me mentally. Might try increasing my meditation time.

Gill Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 6:43am

Leah, that sounds terrible. May that teacher go to teacher hell along with my Mrs S that told my parents I would never amount to anything. I've tried colouring and it does nothing for me. I just don't get it. But at the mention of reverting to childhood activities I'm going to get thinking. My 9 month old is far too young to justify getting my lego out....

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:22am

Gill, thanks for your reply. To be fair my teacher was a product of her time. Mostly she was strict but fair, I think it is never too early to get the Lego, train sets, puppet theatres, and wonderful books out!!.

Terri Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 6:48am

My 17yo son couldn't agree with you more. He has dysgraphia and thus colouring in was always a nightmare for him (that and constantly being told to improve his handwriting). Finally having a diagnosis has done wonders for his self esteem - he just tells people now that he is "hand disabled" ????

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:41am

That's fantastic! Self acceptance...magic! Love ratg x.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:02am

Terri, I have bad writing too but have no excuse for my untidiness. I may call myself neatness challenged!!

Kelley Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 7:11am

Leah my girl, you're just too creative for someone else's pictures! I teach design classes for people who are terrified of 'doing art', and guess what? DOODLING is the best thing!! So doodle away dear, you're meant to be a free spirit on the page! :)x

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:44am

"Too creative for someone else's pictures..." What a brilliant thing to say, I may borrow that when I'm encouraging my kids. It's a great life thought too...perhaps we are that... Love ratg x

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:07am

Kelley, I too love that sentence "you're just too creative for someone else's pictures" My creativity lies with words not pictures, but I do like collages. Thanks for your insightful reply.

Matt Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:05am

My lovely son has a real fear of maths (he's 13) When he was in reception the teacher used to play a "game" where all the kids had to stand in a circle and shout out the answers to a series of maths questions - if they were correct, they got a cheer and got to sit down......My lovely son never got to sit down and that's stayed with him for a long time....but you know what? He is kind, funny, empathic and has a warmth that draws you who needs maths when you have all that!
Sending my warm thoughts to all Moodscopers this morning

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:50am

Matt I too have a fear of maths. What a great dad your son has...he will feel no worry when he has that support behind him. Tell him about Richard Branson...all that he has achieved and still struggles to make sense of basic profit & loss columns. Clearly your son is a shepherd and not a sheep. Love ratg x.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:10am

Thanks Matt. The funny thing is that we tend to remember the negative things teachers said or did, whereas the majority of my teachers were kind and helpful. In another life I was a teacher too, so this blog was not meant to be anti teachers!!

Lex Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:15am

Teaching is a vocation not a job - I feel that so passionately, and your lovely blog, Leah, reinforces the importance of this. When we are small or vulnerable, or both, their words are like revelation with divine authority.
If I were your teacher, I'd sit beside you and rejoice in you colouring outside the lines - for it is only those who go outside the lines and boundaries that offer hope for our World.
"Well done!" I'd declare, and place your art on the wall for all to see the type of person who inspires me. Doodle on, great one! The World needs your art. L'xx

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:56am

<happy sigh> I love you all over again. What a line..."it is only those who go outside the lines and boundaries that offer hope for our World". That can be Quote of the Day surely!!! That can be a boy on its own, just that line! I'm going to shut up now, get off Leah's blog and let others speak but good day to one and all. Another beautiful sense of caring and community is here and has moved my day into a new direction already. Peaceful day everyone, love ratg x.

the room above the garage Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:57am

boy = blog

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:11am

Lex, thanks for your kind words. I am sure you would make a patient teacher. To be fair, the world does not need my art. I am hoping to share my words though!!

Lilly Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:28am

Those stories of children being humiliated and potentially scarred by grown adults are appalling and so sad. Still, my son's IT teacher failed to nurture his talent and though he had one or two great teachers, he left the school at 16 and went on to get a triple disinction star at college and a first at uni! There must be so many people who would love to go back to those teachers with their achievements and be like "You were saying?" :)

The colouring books for adults I've seen are quite complex and look a little daunting! It was the friendly, fun images that used to appeal to me as a child. Also there's something a little uncomfortable about receiving an adult colouring book as a gift from one's ex mother-in-law albeit well meaning! :)

Thanks Leah. Morning Moodscopers! :)

Lilly Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:04am

Forgot to add that though they're not for me, I wouldn't dismiss anything that helps others.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:14am

Lilly Thanks for your comments. I was amazed when it took off as a craze, but it doesn't involve drugs, alcohol or fatty food, so I think it is healthy for those who find it relaxing.

Anonymous Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:00am

Lovely blog Leah. I hope you see all the comments before you go to bed! I think those adult colouring books are fashion accessories. Don't celebrities like to be papped at airports colouring in?! It's just another form of self help book, I mean an unhelpful self help book. An industry trying to fleece us stressed people of our money. But I suppose if it helps, if any self help book helps (and I have discovered thanks to Lex, 59 seconds which is slowly helping me enormously), that must be good. My teachers were horrible to me at primary school. They compared me all the time to my older sister who had been a model pupil. But thanks to them, I saw what rebellion was and have never conformed since.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:19am

Thanks anon. I really enjoyed your interesting comments. -Colouring in books as unhelpful self help book. I suppose if it helps people like that woman who is very ill and the colouring helps her cope in hospital, I think that is helpful for her.

I was hoping to hear from others things that others find relaxing but they don't.

I find reading, watching murder mystery programs, and cleaning my rug using a dust pan and broom relaxing- but not all at same time!!!

That is the point we all have to find something that works for us.

Anonymous Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:51am

I do find sweeping the tiled floor relaxing! And reading the newspaper.

Frankie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:33am

Morning Leah - and everyone else!

Chore-wise, hanging the washing out on a sunny day which means I get to look at the sky and watch the clouds as they change shape ...

Jigsaw puzzles, playing card games on my tablet, reading ...
though I also find games and puzzles somewhat addictive and spend too long on them - which means I then feel guilty for the time spent doing them - oh dear!


Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:59am

Thanks Frankie, I like hanging out clothes but hate ironing. Enjoy the jigsaw puzzles as guilt is bad for you!!

Beverley Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:36am

Yes teachers can be soo cruel , anyway having my nails done gets me very stressed as I am not quick enough moving my hands and the manicurists make me feel stupid so dont go anymore !!

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:41am

They must be really bad's not you, Beverley. They are being paid by you..they need to be 'treating' you, not making you feel uncomfy!! Find a new one, who does a liddle hand massage as well..mmm...chilllllll!! Bear x

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:59pm

Beverley, Thanks for your reply- I agree with bear find a better manicurist. Actually I have never been to one in my life as beauty parlours and other girly things stress me too!!

Vivien Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:50am

My Mum has taken up colouring - it helps her get her co-ordination back following her mini stroke. I would do it but I'm too much of a perfectionist! However if I need to relax, I enjoy reading or sorting out a room/clothes/rubbish. I also enjoy a bit of gardening - can be very therapeutic!

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:54am

I love clearing out rooms and cupboards much satisfaction when it's all done! Thanks for the reminder Vivien! Bear x

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 11:00am

Vivien, Bear Come down under and clear out my clutter please!!

G Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:33pm

and mine

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 7:07pm

Can't get to you, but would help in a heart beat x

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:53am

Was always told by mum that I 'will always be useless at maths' and I can tell you know that I fulfilled that prophecy! Scary wary maths - and not every teacher wanted to spend the time helping... :(

Sewing! Lol! Was tutted at frequently by the sewing teacher, but now, I can sew and have made bags and cushions and am determined to learn how to make my own! But I do get really stressed when sewing and cutting out patterns as I seem to have a teacher-styled gnome sitting on my shoulder, watching and telling me 'you'll never do that!' More lols!
Crochet is not as stressful and I have taught myself so many stitches from watching and crocheting along with You Tube videos and tutorials...and they are free! Huzzah! Trouble is for my relatives...they all get homemade stuff whether they like it or not - but it's all made with love!

Great blog, Leah, thank you, very much!

It is very sad how some people, not just teachers, can do so much harm to us when we are young and impressionable, or even when we are older - some peeps just want to run others down, they are not kind and caring. An uncle who I loved dearly, saw me cutting a loaf of fresh bread (I was about 14) and he was aghast at how I was doing it and made so many comments...I can still hear him now, when I slice a loaf..I'm a south paw too, so it probably looked worse to him!!! Lolilol...we are all so unique and different at the same time!
Bear x

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 11:02am

thanks for your detailed responses to me and others. I enjoy reading your replies as they make me think and smile.

The Gardener Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 11:33am

First to hopeful one - did not realise you were in same 'boat' as me. My husband currently at day centre - occupied all day by terrific staff - but he waits for me to do the same on the other five days. I have just delivered first batch of posters, free to go at my own speed - chores undone as I spent too much time chatting and laughing. Now to Leah. Apparently, to the French, colouring in is old hat (verbatim from the toy-shop lady) - perhaps they have graduated to 'join the dots'! Grand-daughter, 24, here last week, excellent artist - has got the colouring in craze, just can't understand. I relax with SUDOKU, but Solitaire ends up stressing me out - I play far too much, and suffer guilt about all the things I COULD have done. I knit, furiously, but so relaxing. I have a huge output, also a shop, all receipts go to India. Going into garden, glorious sun, at least 15 varieties of flowers still out. Will listen to music, and crochet. Happy colouring. Did any of you, for selves or children, get a large piece of paper, take a pencil and draw at random, over, round, across, then colour in the weird shapes? Had an excellent effect, swear some 'modern' stained glass used the same technique.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:41pm

Gardener I would love to able to garden but I can kill artificial flowers! I do like hugging trees. I have never found drawing of any type relaxing- but I always have a notepad with a pen in my bag and am always messing around with words. Your replies always teach me something and make me think. A good combination.

Lexi Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 11:58am

Leah, your post today really struck a chord with me. If you can, mentally and spiritually go back and hug that 5 year old self. Tell her she is beautiful and artistic and amazing. You are amazing. Continue to color outside the lines! Embrace the sensitive, beautiful self that you are and have always been!

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:43pm

Lexi Thanks for your kind words. I like "embrace the sensitive" and I must have as I am always been told I am too sensitive.

The Gardener Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:42pm

Now Moodscope's become addictive! Cruel teachers, has anyone seen Cider with Rosie, when the huge lad who was the worst sufferer in the class got up, picked the teacher up and put her on top of the stationery cupboard! One of our sons was so disruptive at one time that at a PTA meeting the Physics Master almost threatened me with GBH for giving birth to him! Long after I met the headmaster - he said that although these lads were creating mayhem he never worried about them. He said, without exception, they grew to responsible adults, and seemed to have a particular talent for communication. This son has proved to have these attributes in spades. Will change my nick-name to 'Proud Mum'.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:49pm

Gardener aka Proud Mum Yes but what an addiction. I am addicted to your replies because I never know where your words will take me. I think I will keep nagging you till you start that book. You have had such an interesting life and I only know the tipoff the tip of the iceberg. Do you keep a journal.? I can see you, and others, keeping a book with writing and pictures . I see pictures whenever you write.

g Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:47pm

wow ! so many interesting responses showing how different and individual we all are.I agree with the sentiment that there is too much to be done of meaningfull or necessery or essential to be wasting time on repetitive ,infuriating , boring ... unless to train in controling impatience etc... which brings us back to whatever does it for you = one . You all definitely gave some ideas for when i do sort out my mess or for a rewarding breaks while sorting it out - an incentive to start ...NOW , TODAY .Thank you all , have a nice day and especially Leah who did IT -the kick in the backside for me - sooooooooooooo needed.It is great talking about it but the proof is in doing ...g.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:53pm

g Thanks for your response. I agree the different ideas in the comments are so fascinating. That's why moodscope is so good for allowing us to communicate with each other, to listen and learn from others and to feel part of a community.

g Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 12:49pm

buy the way colouring in would infuriate me personally

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 1:03pm

Just read your comment about Mary being first Moodscope ambassador- just letting you know I have mentioned how Moodscope has helped me to Australian groups and health professionals. So Moodscope has an international ambassador as well!!

Caroline Ashcroft from Moodscope Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 2:02pm

Hi Leah, thank you so much. We're currently looking at some 'printables' that we can place on the web site for people to download and print off if they want to spread the word. You are our first Australian ambassador! Carolinex

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:04pm

Caroline, those printables sound like a great idea.

Mary Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 4:09pm

Hey - who's taking my name in vain??? Seriously - very proud to be an ambassador for Moodscope - something in which I believe so firmly. Colouring in has never done it for me, but I love to make greeting cards; there's something about the precision of cutting paper to split millimetre accuracy, sticking into a design and adding embellishments. Then - you just give it away! Almost as good as writing.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:51pm

Mary, I am impressed with the skill it takes to make greeting cards. Alas with my chunky fingers and messy genes most crafts are beyond my skill level. Thanks for your reply.

Jackie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 5:33pm

Hi Leah that teacher was so unkind if that had been now they would have been told off. I have a comment made about me too by a teacher. We were inline getting our maths work checked and the teacher asked me a question and the person behind me replied for me, the teacher said jackie is old enough and ugly enough to answer for herself ive never forgotten this as it really hurt at the time as i was very shy and young.

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 6:15pm

There's a song by Christina Aguilera (I think) 'you are beautiful, no matter who you are...words can't bring you down' - I just wish we could believe that when someone is so irresponsible enough to be incredibly mean. Jackie, try and find the song and the strength to believe in yourself and sing it for your younger self! Bear x

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:54pm

Jackie Thanks so much for taking time to reply. I appreciate that so much. It is sad to hear of a thoughtless remark a teacher said. I hope there is a kind remark that a teacher said to you that can replace that hurtful remark.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:56pm

Bear That was a lovely reply to Jackie- I like that song too.

Jackie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 7:49pm

I keep trying to write a reply but i am being told it is too short. This is the first day that i have replied or written on here so not sure of rules.
Thanks for your reply Bear to my comment i will see if i can find the song that you mentioned.
i enjoy de cluttering as well its very therapeautic...

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:29pm

Welcome, chuckie egg! So nice to have you here! I keep getting things wrong on the reply button, so it's not just you!! Not many rules here on Moodscope...just read, take in what you need that day, enjoy blogs, jokes, thought for the day and comments. Maybe one day you will be writing your own blog that will give us insight into how you feel. We are all here to help :) Love Bearwholovesdecluttering.comx x x x x

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 9:58pm

Jackie This is the second reply of yours so thanks so much. I will look forward to future comments. I admire that you find decluttering therapeutic. I find cluttering therapeutic!!

Caroline Ashcroft from Moodscope Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:55pm

Hi Jackie, Welcome to our lovely, friendly community. I had someone else say that they had a message that said the reply was too short and I checked it out and we can't work out why this is happening. Please just carry on - it's a message you can see, but no-one else can!! Carolinex

Jackie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 11:43pm

Thanks Caroline x

Jackie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 11:44pm

Nice to meet you all on here xx

Jackie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 11:48pm

Chuckie egg lol Lovely song i found it x

Carrie Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 8:32pm

Guided visualisation or imagery is something that is supposed to be relaxing but doesn't do it for me. If I'm told to imagine being on a warm sunny beach I am just reminded of unhappy childhood memories. Recently I attended a mindfulness class where we had to imagine "being a mountain" The rest of the class found this a calming experience. It did nothing for me. I could no more imagine being a mountain than I could a bowl of porridge. I was only mindful of my rising sense of irritation as this ridiculous exercise dragged on and on!

What it shows is that one size does not fit all.

Leah Thu, Oct 1st 2015 @ 10:03pm

Carrie, thanks for your reply and being so honest. Different images will evoke different memories for people not always happy relaxing ones. I smiled when you mentioned trying to imagine being a mountain. I was doing a guided visualisation and it said if I had lots of thoughts to imagine a bin to put them in- I thought-would it be a big bin, a green one, a metal one . a plastic one ??etc etc , so I ended up with more thoughts. I am wondering is there something that does relax you? I don't think I will ever look at a mountain or porridge in the same way again! Thanks for making me smile.

Leah Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 @ 2:10am

Thank you everyone that has contributed, read or thinking of replying. I am always surprised and pleased by the quality of the replies and the range of ideas generated by moodscopers. It is never too late to reply so if you have not and want to, please reply as I would like to read what you have to say.

Jigme Datse Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 @ 6:00am

Hey, I can't say I had *quite* that experience, but I know I had a lot of trouble staying "between the lines". Over time I have tried to honour that. And learn that "staying between the lines" is just not for me. I really tried very hard to "do the right thing" but both my body, and my mind really had no interest in allowing that to happen. I did not have the physical control (and still do not) that most "kids my age" did. But also I really did not see the reason to "obey rules" unless someone could show me just *why* I should, and you know what, "adults" just don't have a clue.

There is a story I remember hearing:

I was making a pot roast and my daughter asked me why I cut the ends off the roast. I told her that was just the way it was done. She asked further, but I really had no better answer to that. So I asked my mum about why she always did it that way. She told me she did it that way because my grandmother always did it that way, but had no further answer. So I asked my grandmother why she did it that way, and she said "because the roast didn't fit in the pot if I didn't do it". From now on, I put the whole roast in the pot...

Just a story I remember hearing. and I know I may not have told it the best way. But even *now* I find most adults really have no idea why things are done the way they are. In fact, I watch some cooking shows, read some cooking stuff various places. And when people start to look at the "why things are the way they are" there might well have been a good explanation which really made sense at the time for it at the time. Like the explanation I have heard about why we have oil in our oil and vinegar, and in fact why we put it on first:

We have oil in our oil and vinegar to protect the lettuce from the ravages of the salt and vinegar, and we put it on first to coat the lettuce so the vinegar and the salt don't damage the leaves.

It all sounds sensible enough, and really *does* make sense. But then someone decided to actually put it to the test.

Their results. "if you put oil on the lettuce first, you end up damaging the waxy coating on the cuticle which causes your lettuce to wilt".

Which when you think about it makes more sense, but it *is* counterintuitive. It requires actually understanding of leaf structure to really even think it might actually be the case. I am not sure those who studied this actually had *any* idea this was what they'd find, but they did look at it.

So, if you colour, or do any kind of art work. If you are trying to fit rules that don't work for you, yes, it can be hugely stressful. But as you start to work with understanding what *does* work for you, you can find things which really can be hugely relaxing.

Leah Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 @ 6:47am

Jigme dates Thanks so much for your intriguing and informative comment. So much food for thought. I understand the roast story but am afraid the oil and vinegar story confuses me- is that a type of salad dressing? I understand the point and many habits we do now have their roots in behaviours and customs that are no longer current. Thanks again for making me think.

Leah Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 @ 6:48am

datse- sorry those typo fairies change my words again!!

Norman Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 @ 10:29am

What is it with art teachers? In first year of secondary school we were set a task on the theme of "The Traveller." In my minds eye I saw a valley with hills, a long dusty road, a setting sun, and a Gandalf-type figure walking along the road. Try as I might I could not get this onto the paper in any sort of perspective, even as a sketch. At the end I gave up and drew a quick sketch of an alien and a flying saucer. The teacher held it up in front of the class and ridiculed it for its childishness and "lack of effort." Never liked art since.

Leah Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 @ 11:34am

Norman, Thanks for your comments. My teacher was a year 2 teacher but it does seem than when teaching art some teachers forget that they need to be positive and encouraging instead of rude and humiliating. I am sorry you were put off art because it sounds like you are very creative to have all those ideas. I hope you have found a way to express your creativity.

Norman Sun, Oct 4th 2015 @ 11:45am

Creativity? You should see some of the financial reports I submit to my Board...(rofl)

Susan Fri, Oct 2nd 2015 @ 3:11pm

The only time in my life I did yoga on a regular basis was a really terrible time for me (externally and mentally), so now the smell of a yoga mat is a horrible trigger for me (yes, there's a smell!). On the other hand, the coloring books totally work for me!

Leah Sat, Oct 3rd 2015 @ 2:03am

Your post is great as it hits on the head what I was trying to say. Like me and colouring and you and yoga it may not even be the activity itself but the context in which we first encountered it. Keep on colouring and thanks for your great comment.

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