“Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me. She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.”
"Not Fade Away" ...A Short Life Well Lived
The title of the book intrigued me. The story inspires me.
I found it at the library book sale, it's the true story of Peter Barton, a young man dying of cancer, simultaneously learning to live.
I think it's really something.
I teach my kindergarten students to make connections between their books and their life.
“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans”… or eating jelly beans.
Coloring inside the lines is safe.
Making the sky blue and the grass green meets all expectations.
Being safe and following expectations provides security.
But, sometimes you’ve got to take a risk and have some fun; I hear it’s the best way to grow. I’ve seen it happen.
Teaching kindergarten, I have the privilege of watching young people grow a bit more every single day.
These uninhibited little people are born to color outside the lines and their sky is a lot more colorful than ours.
5yr olds challenge me every single day. I like a challenge. It makes my world a bit more colorful.
#11 is my favorite challenge.
What’s your challenge?
Funny can help.
Kids know how to play funny, they get their daily dose. Grown ups too often forget that there is a simple cure for
nearly every ailment.
If laughter is the best medicine…who knows that better than an old married couple? Kids.
Kids know best.
Look here for funny, undebatable proof as kids offer insight, advice, and a few good laughs about an age-old institution that Kristen says, “God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.”
When I see Christmas trees at Target in October, it rots my pumpkin.
I am a true holiday hater. Not because I don’t like to celebrate, but because I don’t like the commercialism of the season <which now runs from early January through late December>.
Retail isn’t going to change, there are big bucks in the holiday hoopla, but I can change my perspective on this looming seasonal sensationalism.
While pinning from Selfless, (One Tee. One Charity. One Selfless Act), I gained some insight from the posting below; click and share for your own selfish reasons.
#5 isn’t my talent and wouldn’t be seen as a gift.
#8 is going to take some big work on my part. <I’m more a talker>
#11 is my favorite.
“Cat cafes are very popular in Korea. With busy work schedules and small apartments it can be difficult for people to keep pets. Well, cat cafes are the perfect solution for the animal lover!” …read the rest of the story here.
Eating lunch with our kindergarten class is the highlight of my day.
26 lively conversationalist all sharing 26 different stories, usually at the same time with the same high-pitched, I-can-talk-louder-than-you-can cafeteria voice.
Their voices cover a variety of tones and questions:
1.”Mrs. MacPherson, Mrs. MacPherson, Mrs. MacPherson, can you open this??”
2. “Mrs. MacPherson, Mrs. MacPherson, Mrs. MacPherson, can you close this?”
3. “Mrs. MacPherson, can you come to my birthday party?” (Often planned 11 1/2 months in advance; it includes a pony and a piñata, and without any notice to their family).
4. ”Mrs. MacPherson, can I go to the nurse? I. think. I’m. going. to. puke!” (Often unplanned and without any notice to anyone).
A lot goes on in the school cafeteria.
Someone is always trying to trade someone something for something and I usually get handed a variety of supplements to add to my own packed lunch.
I’m often given a Ziplock, snack size bag of bite-sized Chip Ahoy cookies, an occasional dented organic juice box, seedless grapes, or my all time favorite… 1/2 of a squished bologna and cheese sandwich (covered with ketchup).
Fine dining with some very fine friends.
Mads: Mom, tell me about the Twin Towers.
Me: The Twin Towers? What? What Twin Towers are you talking about?
Mads: You know ... The ones in New York that aren't there any more.
Me: Wow. How do you know about that?
Mads: Grampa told me. They were the tallest buildings in New York City. There was an airplane ... what happened?