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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Memory Lane

It seems like life is traveling at light speed recently.  Well, maybe even for years now, but it seems like I blink and two weeks, a month, 1/2 a year have gone by.  I have lots of things to share so I'm going to try to get in 2+ posts a week to make up for the long stretch of breaks.  For now, I am just reflecting on the major things that have happened.

A year ago, I was taking an ambulance ride to our local hospital with a son who got a concussion at a football game.  I will have to admit, soccer was much better on his body this year.

Last March we were enjoying this beautiful view in Charleston, SC.

July we were relaxing in Minnesota and Upper Michigan.
This week we dealt with the edge of hurricane Sandy.  I can't complain about our damage, it is nothing like the east coast, but we did get some damage from the winds.

We had a few pieces of suffet and siding blow off the house.  The rain found some weak points in the roof and we had some leaking.  Like I said, nothing like the East Coast, but slightly annoying.

I survived outdoor school in the after math of the hurricane weather.  (more posts later on that.)  And, I survived parent teacher conference again this year.  I will have to say, this year was I had some very unique experiences.  I have a student whose parents are immigrants from Africa.  They were so appreciative in all the work we do for their child.  He told me thank you in so many ways.  I have thought about what he said to me on several occasions this week.  It really had a profound impact on me.  I also had parents not very happy with me, interesting the contrast.  I teach the same way, have the same expectations, at the end of the day, I know that I do the best that I can, and I'm choosing to feel successful!


  1. This has been an interesting year...I love that Kota is smiling in that first pic. Thankfully he's switched sports! You can't please everyone and I think we Americans are so spoiled and feel so entitled that we take for granted things like a good education and seek to blame others when things don't seem to be going just right. The foreign family knows quality! Good job with all that you've accomplished! Hope this next year is a good one.

  2. I'll take soccer over football any day. My kids got hurt all the time playing football.

    My sister is a teacher, too, and she has the same experience you do with parents...some grateful, some difficult...but one thing is for sure. She is making a difference with those kids. And so are you!


  3. Speed of light is right! And definitely, you are making a difference. :)

  4. oh my gosh...a scary thing is a concussion!! we have had our share.
    some of the teachers we have had contact with have been amazing people...I witness them personally, going out of their way and giving their time and money!
    and concern for their students...they made a positive difference.