No One Told Me: Day 24 #SOL18

Today is day 24 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

No One Told Me…

No one told me

That you can feel such emotion in this profession

When you learn of a student who is hurting

You hurt right alongside of her

And upon hearing of this hurt

You feel so deeply

You cry

And try as you might

To hide that emotion

You can’t keep it in

And those tears trickle down

Your cheeks

Right in front of the children

Until another child asks you

What’s wrong?

And then consoles you

With a hug

You cry

No one told me

Learning by Doing: Day 23 #SOL18

Today is day 23 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

Learning by Doing

Yesterday I was invited to sit in on a training to learn about a new 70″ touchscreen computer device that was recently purchased for the computer lab area in our building.  It’s a fancy tool with loads of capabilities and possibilities.  I sat listening to the trainer walk us through all the buttons and tabs and features.  Each time a new tools was introduced I furiously wrote down the location of the buttons – menu: top right, settings – bottom left, so that when I went to use the screen I could remember where things were. I sat through the 45 minute training listening but not really learning.

What I really wanted to do was get up off my seat and play with the buttons.  I wanted to take the time to press the keys and explore the icons. I just wanted to dive in and have at it!  I am not afraid of technology so whenever I get a new device I want to spend time playing with it.  That’s what I wanted to do yesterday.  The verbal directions were fine, but I am just itching to get back into the lab to play and learn! And that is exactly why I am heading to school early today!  Nothing like a little before school play time before everyone arrives!

Thoughts From the Bluebirds Before a Storm: Day 22 #SOL18

Today is day 22 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

Thoughts From the Bluebirds Before a Storm

Bluebird, bluebird, through my window.
Bluebird, bluebird, through my window.
Bluebird, bluebird, through my window.
Oh, Johnny, I am tired.

I arrived home yesterday to see a flock of bluebirds at the feeder.  I began singing this song and chuckled at the last line – Oh Johnny, I am tired.  I couldn’t help but think of how tired I am – tired of the thought of another snowstorm.

I began to wonder if the bluebirds were feeling the same way too?

My thoughts of bluebirds conversing before a snowstorm

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Oh boy – did you hear another nor’easter is brewing?  Better prepare!

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Seriously?  That’s four storms less than a month!  I heard they are calling this one a four’easter!

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Mother Nature must be mad at someone!  I wonder who?

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Hey – does it really matter – get eating because soon the ground will be covered with over 10 inches of that cold white stuff.  Hurry, hurry!

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Well I am already shivering.  Thankfully someone filled their suet feeders!

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That wind sure is cold – especially over the lake!  Eat up,  quick, quick!

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Hey – save some for me please!

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Don’t worry Martha!  There is plenty for us all.  We just need to be speedy.  The storm will be bearing down soon!

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I am growing tired of eating suet and cold seed.  I wonder when we will get to eat a fresh, warm worm again.

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I don’t know – but I guess we all need to have a little more patience this spring!

OH What to Write: Day 21 #SOL18

Today is day 21 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

Oh! What to Write

During the slice of life challenge I try to remain open to finding the slices in my life to write about, but today I found myself coming up with nothing.

I looked at my tickler file – nothing inspiring me there

I looked at the padlets posted from slicers – no ideas for me there either

I looked in my writing notebook – all topics seem drab

What is wrong with me that I can’t write?

Is it writer’s block?

I am not sure I believe there is such a thing, rather there is what I called too much emotional stuff in the way of writing.

That’s what I am experiencing right now.

Stuff so deep and personal that it interferes with much of my thinking, breathing, and living.

How can I write when I am in this state?

How can anyone write when they are in this state?

Just keep the fingers moving I guess – and hope that something will come of it.

Like this post – that took less than 5 minutes just now to type

A post that has given me increased empathy for those students who at times may be experiencing emotional blocks like I am right now.

So maybe I my words have some sort of meaning afterall!

Music Then and Now: Day 20 #SOL18

Today is day 20 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

Music Then and Now

Many moons ago, when my children were children, our Sunday nights were filled with music and dancing.  We discovered a often times staticky radio channel that played kids music from 6pm – 7pm every Sunday night.  It became a wonderful tradition that would start with bathtime and warm pjs, followed by our Sunday night dance party! We would enjoy all sorts of songs such as the classic camp tune The Cat Came Back and the little know favorite titled Dad Threw the TV out the Window (I kid you not!).  The kids took turn dancing on the stage – our hearth – with whatever they could find that night to stand in for a microphone.  I chuckle thinking back on the fun of these family musical evenings!

Fast forward 20+ years

I am so fortunate that the grandchildren live nearby and visit on a regular basis.  One of the activities we love to do together is to sing and dance.  The radio and cassette player have long been been tossed.  Enter the smart TV with channel upon channel of children’s music to chose from.  I can search for any type of song – from Disney movie songs to Raffi.  Each time we search we seem to find something new and fun.  We dance and laugh and enjoy the songs just like my kids did at this age.  And while we haven’t yet searched for my kids favorite song Dad Threw the TV out the Window, I delight in seeing the joy that music brings to the youngest members of our family!  And that makes MY heart sing!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…: Day 19 #SOL18

Today is day 19 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…

“Quick, look! The eagle!”

Everyone jumps out of their seats to see the majestic bird fly right across the lake at eye level. Even two year old M. runs to the window to take a peek. We stand there for several minutes watching him soar – hoping that he circles back so we can admire him again. His white head and tail glimmer in the afternoon sun making it easy to stay focused as he flies further and further away. His sightings are a common occurrence, yet we are still amazed by his large and mighty wingspan spreading across the sky.

Living at the lake for three years we have a great appreciation for the seasonal changes outside our windows. It’s part of our waterside living to know the habits and the behaviors of a variety of birds. The appearance of the prehistoric looking heron, the back end of the duck poking out of the waters while fishing for dinner, and the graceful landing of the swan, all take us away from our daily to do’s and make us pause, if only for a moment. They bring a moment of peace and serenity to all who watch.

The eagle has disappeared over the trees and we return to our tasks at hand. But we aren’t quite the same for seeing the eagle fly by today. We are in awe and forever changed.