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never worry about numbers. help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you. ~mother teresa




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i went for a visit

 on a day off from teaching

to teach

in my youngest daughter’s class

where she is a first year teacher

and

on my way

i was overwhelmed

when

i thought about

her class

so young

and

so many of them

who

live

amid

poverty

and

violence

and

hunger

and

chaos

and

i wanted to

stop

and

buy them

everything

for many

have nothing

but

when i got there

we shared

a meeting

a holiday lesson

paint and glitter

stickers

 books

and

hugs

and

as i

sat on the floor

with them

and read stories

and told them

about the holiday

and sang songs

and played games

and helped them

one on one

and watched

the stronger ones

help the others

who were struggling

it was clear

that no matter

their circumstances

first and foremost

they were still children

who needed attention

and love

and support

and

with kind hearts

who happen to be

in

tough situations

through no fault

of their own

and

some will sink

and

some will swim

and

rise above

and

my daughter

is someone

who is helping to

make that difference

for them

just by caring

and trying

and

giving her all

and then some

even in this

very challenging  environment

and one said,

‘i never had a rainbow sticker before. i really love it so much.’

and

it was so small

but meant a lot to him

and they sat near me and braided my hair

and felt it

because it was different

and asked me questions

about their teacher

my daughter

‘does she have any sisters?’

‘you her mama?’

‘can you bring in your grandkids?’

and i realized

what a hero

my daughter is

each and every day

and

i was

overwhelmed

all over again

and

i could not

be prouder.

—-

ON HEROES WITHOUT CAPES

“when I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. they were spectacular and got a lot of attention.but as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”

– mr. rogers

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the trail of tears.

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it was

a wonderful morning

filled with skating

and sliding

and parents

and teachers

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and tumbles

and laughter

and happy screams

were heard

and

most of all

kids

just having fun

and sharing the day

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and

after the mad fun

it was

 time to warm up

and enjoy treats

and then

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some of the little ones

began to realize

 that parents

had to

head back to work

or home

and a bit of worry

set in

and

as we said goodbye

and hiked back

towards school

the tears flowed

and the wails were heard

and some

were

walking

and weeping

and clinging

as if

parting forever

and it was

dramatic

and

so full of love.

—-

ever has it been that love knows not its own depth

until the hour of separation.

– khalil gibran

image credits: jkurtz

just learning and laughing and sharing stories.

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ready for round two

today

of

parent teacher conferences

last night

when

 we shared our stories

and

they shared their stories

we really

 learned a lot

about their children

and

they really

learned a lot

about their children

and

it all fit together

and

we all shared

some great laughs

hope

we

learn just as much today

and

laugh just as much today

—-

every truth has four corners:

as a teacher i give you one corner,

and it is for you to find the other three.
– confucius

image credit: scott norton taylor

one child’s teddy bear is another’s stuffed virus.

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by far the most unique cuddly toy brought in by one of our kindergarteners today

 Pneumonia (Streptococcus pneumonia) Educational Plush Toy

‘Those big cute eyes betray a deadly virus – pneumonia kills a lot of people each year.

Ask your doc about it.’

yikes

and the company’s sales’s pitch:

Giant Microbes And Viruses Plush Toys Make Great Stuffed Animals Gifts

Just in time for flu season… Or in time to educate people about other nasty viruses and microbes…
Do you ever think about what those viruses and bacteria look like? They may make us sick every now and then – and hopefully not too sick (or too often). Whether you have a case of the sniffles or a bout of the “stomach flu” – there’s usually a bug behind it.’

‘And as it turns out, some of them are awfully cute, at least in their stuffed animal plush toy versions! The folks from Giant Microbes have created a whole line-up of the tiny guys – blew them up to about 1 Million times their “normal” size, and turned them into some of the cutest plush animals around.
Whether you want giant plush viruses or bacteria, or whether you want any one of a whole bunch of other micro-organisms, they’ve got you covered.’

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“remember when you used to sleep with all of your stuffed animals as a child

so none of them would be jealous?”

 – unknown author

credits: squidoo.com, giant microbes and viruses plush toys