Last Thursday was open house (our school calls it Back to School Night) for the elementary classes. My son has the great fortune of having the same wonderful third grade teacher that my daughter had. As I sit there listening to her presentation and marveling at the Smart Board, I noticed a poster above the front bulletin board. It read: I consider myself to be erudite and wise, but this fact never occurred to me! Looking beyond the facts, this statement infers so much more. It is so powerful and relevant. Lately, it seems like there is much talking, very little listening. Listening is a very important skill that everyone should master. It is through listening that we learn, that we show interest, and demonstrate that we care.