Dogs 2010

TEACHABLE
(2/16/10)


I was
an electronics
technician
in the service

when
new seaman
arrived "on board"
(I was always land based)
I was the training
petty officer
in charge
of preparing them
for the requirements
of the radio
and operations
watch

I was always
asked
questions
for which
I did not
have answers
readily available

I learned
something new
about my job
from every
newbie
who arrived

I have had
the same experience
in civilian jobs
AA
and even in explaining
the workings
of an old house
to a new wife

the simple question
why?
usually leads
to humbling admissions
and surprising
revelations

now
I try to explain
my efforts
of the last ten years
to potential new vendors
as well as to
in-house
programming types
and am learning again
that I have not
yet considered
each and every detail
of my assumed
expertise

when
the teacher is willing
a student
will arrive
to teach them