December 20, 2012 Secret of Adulthood: When the Student Is Ready, the Teacher Appears. Further Secrets of Adulthood: Have you ever had an experience when a teacher appeared, when you needed one? I find this to be almost uncannily true. Also ... What's your favorite Christmas picture book? I had fun writing about my favorite for the New York Times Motherlode blog. Can you guess it? One hint: the sense of smell. Tags: learning readiness Secrets of Adulthood teacher Zen 16 Comments Other posts you might be interested in . . . Secret of Adulthood: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf. Secret of Adulthood: Accept Ourselves, and Expect More From Ourselves Secret of Adulthood: The Fun Part Doesn’t Come Later; Now Is the Fun Part Secret of Adulthood: Sometimes, You Have to Work Hard to Be Lazy.