Afternoon Break From School Finals Better Grades
Snack in Between
School finals are a real chore when it comes to High School because they last a whole week. My daughter looked completely exhausted after another day of finals. This time she tried to master the insight of Chemistry.
I decided a relaxing and casual snack at a local restaurant will brighten her afternoon and mood before she took another crack at her books, studying for her next finals the following day.
Grateful for the parking lot is small and full because it offered a chance to park the car some distance away. We took a refreshing walk through the tiny park nearby, I don't even think the little greenery has a name.
Our walk to the restaurant was delightful, and my daughter perked up and talked about her final that day. I listened, and let her talk because I noticed her attitude and overall tone improving.
She stopped and looked at a piece of artwork. She asked me if I recall the piece's prior location at the old Downtown Plaza. Talking it over, we figured its move from the original location to this location is due to the fact of the city's construction of the Golden One Arena. I must admit the art is a delightful piece of work but looks out of place like it did at the plaza because my daughter and I agree, with figure balancing life and such, it belongs on a campus like City College, which is about 100 yards away.
We were both grateful for the art piece being there for us to see because it took my daughters attention off final exams and this genuine artwork.
Eye-candy greeted us as we walked into the restaurant with his nice biceps, toned abs, and a pleasurable dimple when he smiled, which was all the time. I think he lifted my daughter's spirits a bit because she smiled as we sat at the spacious cafe bar, lest truly more for the beer crowd. Looking around the place, it wasn't too busy for a late lunch, and my daughter commented, "It looks like one of the restaurants we've been to in San Francisco." I think she was vying for a trip to the Bay Area after Finals Week.
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”— John Muir, "John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir"
Take a Walk
The crowded restaurant pulled us toward the drink bar. We grabbed a menu and looked at the choices and waited to order our drinks. The menu looked simple with a wide selection of hamburgers, from turkey to classic. We continued reading the menu of sandwiches, salads, soup, and a long list of beers on tap, and a small wine selection, we were not concerned with the alcoholic drinks. Breakfast looked yummy with smoked salmon tacos and Temple coffee.
As my daughter and I placed our order and waited, the bartender returned and said they were out of caramel syrup for her steamed milk, and my daughter changed her choice to vanilla. The espresso was good, and my daughter's steamed milk was tasty.
“As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.”— Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbs"
Taking a Break Benefits
Walking back to the car with a smile on her that reached her eyes, I knew I made the right choice. A stop at the local restaurant before tackling her next study session did my daughter good.
Mothers often wonder if they are doing the right thing by their children. My mental meanderings wonder if spending the time and money for a simple but memorable outing with my daughter helped her manage the final weeks.
At the end of the finals week, she predominately had an "A" on every final, so I'd say "Yes!"
Learning How to Learn
I posted this video as succor to assist parents in helping their children with school work, though a teacher can benefit as well. I found it undeniably helpful.
What Do You Think
How do you handle stress?
© 2016 Kenna McHugh