our 5th grade boys
excited and nervous and happy
decided they were going to do their ‘gangster walk’
on the way in to their graduation ceremony
in their suits and ties
jackets thrown over shoulders
and i had to smile
when i heard them
singing ‘sweet caroline’
at the top of their lungs
i’m betting neil diamond would take it as a compliment
and when they went inside
they recited their kind words
sang school songs
watched as pictures of their younger days
flashed upon the screen
and finally ended with a beautiful candlelighting
i’m proud of these gangsters
as i’ve known some of them since they were 3
before they even knew what letter ‘gangster’ started with.
“any distraction tends to get in the way of being an effective gangster.”
kids from school days long since past
happy that this day was last.
“the biggest happiness is when at the end of the year
you feel better than at the beginning. “
-henry david thoreau
image credit: ann arbor news, ann arbor public library vintage collection
the following was posted in the lost and found section of my neighborhood website:
‘Help me neighbors! I found young Marcus Wilson’s geometry notebook on the way to work around Revena. Anyone know him or his family? I hope his homework isn’t due today!’
“the worst thing a kid can say about homework is that it is too hard.
the worst thing a kid can say about a game is it’s too easy.”
image credit: calvin and hobbes – bill watterson
what an elementary teacher
after-school book meeting looks like
all full of colors, sparkling water, and clever words.
“books are uniquely portable magic.”
– stephen king
first time playing in the snow with my kinders
after our return to the playground.
“i rolled up my sleeves and said, ‘i want to make a mark on this world.’
(my glamour shot after returning from the salon and in full singing mode)
i love that my class
that i am not a top notch singer
they are the best audience ever
very non-judgmental and accepting
as i belt out my tunes
and try to get them on board
i often improvise my own lyrics
when i only know part of them
think of something i’d like to add
many times accidentally
creating my own key
it’s all about the gusto
and not so much the skill.
“music in the soul can be heard by the universe. “
today on the first day
we welcomed our
new multi-age kinders class
(3s, 4s, and early 5s)
each in their own age and stage
to our school
many for the first time.
“everybody has to learn for the first time.”
(1925 – 2008) american molecular biologist known for his work in microbial genetics, artificial intelligence, and the united states space program. 1958 nobel prize winner.
image credit: rural images