Friday, October 19, 2012
Letters From the Heart...Or Something Like That
Dear Friday.... For the first time in a very long time, I haven't been down on my knees, praying to anything that would listen, for you to arrive. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you're here. Who doesn't like Fridays? All I'm saying is that this has been such a good week, I haven't been praying for you to hurry and get here.
Dear Whatever Is In the Air Making the Students CRAZY.... Please hurry up and do whatever it is you need to do and go away. I don't know if it's the weather change, something in the water, or a full moon - but enough already! My students have been loud, swirly, and just not their normal selves. Except for the kids that are normally loud and swirly - those kids have been quiet and focused all week. So, now I wonder if I'm asking for the right thing. Hmm... decisions, decisions.
Dear Computer Police... I hope I don't get in to too much trouble for using the picture for today's post. Yes, I clearly see the copyright in the bottom corner of the picture - but it was such a perfect picture to use. I mean, who doesn't like using an adorable little red head writing a letter cartoon to look at before reading what I have to say? Besides, it's really not my fault. Search engines are all I need to find pictures like this one to use - and they even offer the option to copy the photo. And they make a lot more money than I do. So, go after them - k?
Dear Santa... You can bet your cheery red behind that this won't be the last time I write to you this year. But, let me soak in for a second that this is the FIRST time I'm writing to you this year. Look, I know you're busy - we are only 9 weeks away from Christmas after all, but I need your help. I don't have a clue what to get for my kids this year. I have to start thinking about this stuff now, or I'll wait until the last minute and run around stores like a crazy person (like over half of this country will do) trying to figure it out. The oldest two kids don't really play with toys anymore, and the youngest has too many toys. But, I am one of those crazy people that insists on having a big Christmas each year. To the dismay of Hubby. Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated - and I'm going to need a response ASAP. Can't wait around too much longer, you know.
Dear Person That Emailed Me Yesterday About My "Apparent Support for Obama"... First, I have never expressed my personal opinion or choice for either candidate. What I said in my post yesterday was in response to someone else who had posted on their Facebook account about not being able to freely express their support for Romney without being bashed and then bashing someone who supported Obama. That didn't mean I was picking one side or the other. I was merely pointing out a stupid statement. And regardless, whoever I support in the Presidential Campaign is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! You are one of the people I was talking about. Trying to explain to me why Romney is so great and Obama is so wrong for this country isn't going to sway me in one direction or the other. I'm actually a person who likes to research the different candidates and make my own choice. Imagine that, right? You decide who you support and stand by that decision without letting anyone interfere with that... and LET ME DO THE SAME!
Dear Craft Fairs.... I'm having a really hard time deciding if I want to visit you this weekend. I love going to craft fairs. It gets me out of the house. Let's the kids get some fresh air. And I get to look at some awesome stuff that people have created. My problem is, I always end up buying awesome stuff that people have created for way more than I should. I'm really trying to save my pennies for Christmas, and I just have this horrible feeling that if I show up this weekend - I will waste a lot of pennies. I just don't know what I should do.
Dear Secret Pal... Yes, I know that I have been a horrible Secret Pal. I've only bought you one thing since the whole thing started. Maybe I can find something for you this weekend when I visit the craft fairs. Oh, wait. I can't. You see, I just wrote this letter to the craft fairs telling them that I won't be able to spend money there this year because of trying to save up for Christmas. And then it took me all of 2 minutes to decide to look for something to buy. Well, I will do what I can for you. Maybe I can figure out a spending limit, or indulge in the ability of being able to control my spending. Don't laugh. That's not very nice! Whatever I decide, I promise not to be such a sucky Secret Pal for the rest of the school year.
Dear Blog... So, I've been looking over the posts that I've made this week and I kinda think that my writing has gotten a little better. Again. I'm sure it's directly related to my new positive outlook on life that I've found - but whatever it is, it's better. Don't you think? I always under the impression that I wrote better when I was stressed.. because my writing was a good stress reliever. Now, I'm starting to wonder if I write better when I'm not stressed and the writing just helps keep the stress at bay. Have you noticed that we've had a few commenters this week? How'd it feel getting some attention? I don't know about you - but it felt great to me. I promise that I will keep doing what I'm doing to keep added stress out of my life so that it doesn't affect you. You're welcome.
Dear Me... Look at you feeling all confident and proud this week. And all it took was taking a little more control over your lesson planning to get you here. It just goes to show you how much you should listen to your head and your heart and just do what they both tell you to do without worrying what other people will think about it. You've received a lot of great compliments this week and you've seen how much growth your students have made. You're finally doing what you've dreamed of doing your whole life - coming up with great lessons to teach. I love that you always try to think of other people first, and put your own agenda on the back burner so not to "ruffle any feathers", but sometimes you have to weigh the pros and cons. With you just trying to "go with the flow", your students were suffering. You knew that wasn't right and have started taking good measures to fix that. Believe in yourself. You are good at what you do. Don't ever doubt yourself again. The proof is in the pudding, my friend. Mmmm... pudding.