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Sunday, April 12, 2020

He Gave His Life For Us, We Can Stay Home For Them

Happy Easter to all of you. On this day that Christ gave up his life for us, we must remember that we have to stay home and stay safe so that we can save others. 
But I have to admit something. . . . I'm tired of isolation. And I'm not even completely staying home. I do go to the grocery store. I have visited my dad, but he's 98 so I feel that's justified. 

I'm just tired of having to behave. I don't like to let someone else control me. I don't like that there are things I can't do. So I sit and wallow in my sorrow for a while. 

And then I get up and slap myself! 

 "Get over it Patty. You have so much that others don't. Quit being a crybaby!"

I truly realized this when I went with my husband to deliver food to students who need it. During the school year, we have a backpack program where each week food is put in their backpacks for them to take home so they can eat over the weekend. Also included is a voucher so they can go to the store and get a free gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a dozen eggs. That's a lot and that's so nice that the members of my community pay for this so our students who need it don't go hungry. 

But now that school is not in session, these students aren't getting their weekend foods. So we delivered it. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I have been teaching for 40 years. I know that kids come from all walks of life. I know that there are the "haves and the have nots." But I didn't truly get it until Thursday. 

We delivered to a run down hotel. I want to believe the people who live here are only here for a short time, but I have my doubts. Two little faces greeted us at the door. (Our job was just to knock and set the bag of food down, and then leave.) But these faces were so excited to see someone at their door that we caught sight of them. They just grinned from ear to ear.  They told us thank you very much and we left. 

But what didn't leave was what I saw. Inside that room, it was dark. The curtains on the one window were closed. In most old hotel rooms there isn't a fridge, and I'm pretty sure there's no stove either. There's probably not any utensils to eat with or dishes to eat on.  I'm willing to bet that there is no room service to change the sheets every day or even every week. Yet this bag of food will help give them some energy for a bit longer. 

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that when a child tells me they didn't or couldn't do their homework, I couldn't understand why. Now I can. 

When they tell me that no one would help them with their homework, I couldn't get that either. 
Now I can. 

When they tell me they didn't get much sleep, because they don't have their own bed or their own bedroom and they sleep on the couch while the tv is on until late at night. I can't believe that.
Now I can. 

When they said they don't have a pencil at home, (or crayons, or scissors, or coins, or paper, etc) I thought that was unbelievable. 
Now it's not. 

I get it. I GET it big time. No wonder elementary students love to come to school. There are supplies, organization, a place to sit, a place to put things, a person to love them. A teacher who is there every single day (usually!)

So if anything, this Stay Home Stay Safe initiative is a good thing, so that others can live. And if we all do our part and stay home, we can get those kids, ALL KIDS back to school where they too are safe and secure. 

Monday, April 6, 2020

You Need Help. We Are Here For YOU

This one is for YOU. You are in the trenches trying to find ways to reach your students at home. You are taking your time at home away from your own family and their needs as well as teaching your children too. You don't need extra expenses right now. 

So FOR YOU Teachers Pay Teachers has created this sale. You will save 25% today and tomorrow from my store and most other stores on TPT. 
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Monday, March 30, 2020

And Now. . . What Am I Doing?

Remember how many times we've said, "Oh if I had more time, I would . .... . " Well, now we have that time. . . and plenty of it. So what am I doing?  I'll tell you.

First of all, I started having my kitchen remodeled right before we took a vacation to Florida with my daughter and her family. That was March 6th. So the worst part of having my kitchen torn up happened while we were gone. 


After but not yet finished yet. Still have crown molding and countertops to add. The lighting will get changed and a white subway tile backsplash will be added. 

I also get to play games with my adult kids through our phones. We like one of Ellen's games called Psyche! 
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We also set up Zoom so we can see and talk to each other while we are playing. If you'd like to see the game, click here.

I mentioned in my last post that I try to Zumba every day. There is another set of dances that I'd like to share with you in case you like a bit of variety. Some of the songs are the same. 

I just know for me, if I didn't make a plan, I'd be sitting on the couch all day long playing Yahtzee on my phone and eating tons of the wrong things. At least with dancing every  morning, I can sort of justify the extra eating. . . . sort of!
Yahtzee with Buddies (Mobile Yahtzee Game) from Scopely

 I have contacted all of my students and a few have written back to me. Man I do miss them and wish that we were back in school.  In Michigan we are off until April 16, but that may change this week. We will find out soon. 

I am reading a good book that I borrowed from a friend. Since our library closed, I have to rely on others to keep me in good shape. I love to read. Had I known this was going to happen, I would have borrowed a ton from our library. I hate to buy books when I can borrow them instead. How about you? Would you rather buy or borrow?
Right now I'm reading  Kristin Hannah's book called The Magic Hour. It is very good just as all of her books are. I can't believe I've never read this one before. 

In the meantime I am concerned about my dad who lives alone. We are visiting him every week (he lives 2 hours away and all of my sisters live in the same area.) He appears to be holding up ok. My in laws live in Florida in an Assisted Living Facility. They are very puzzled by all of this coronavirus. While watching TV is their main form of entertainment, it is also a very scary thing for them. I've sent her books to read and crossword puzzle books to do too. 

I truly hope all of you are well, and able to survive being with your spouse 24/7 without killing each other. I know it's not easy, but as all the actors are saying, "We are in this together. and We will get  through this."