Thank you Ruth for this opportunity (and reminder) to celebrate this blessing of life!
I'm tired...but I celebrate this tired-ness because it means a life well-lived...at least a week well-lived! Today I celebrate a full week of school. While I love a snow day like anyone, I appreciate the fact that being in a routine is better for me and for my students!
I celebrate writing. We are working on independent pieces of writing and sharing them in writing groups. It's amazing to watch these sixth graders carefully craft their writing. Blogging three times a week has become a norm for them and writing another piece on top of that...WOW!
I celebrate read alouds that touch my students! I finished reading The Crossover the day it won the Newbery Award. Now my students and I are experiencing it together as a read aloud and really enjoying it! A novel in verse about middle school twins playing basketball?!?! Genius! We are soaking up every syllable of every poem!
Speaking of novels in verse...that's my independent writing project...it's what I chose to write with my students. I've been working on my writing more and more these past few weeks and I'm excited about it. It's hard, but so worth it!
I celebrate love. I've been working hard on seeing life through the eyes of love...seeing with empathy and believing that the motivation of others is good, not bad. You know, "Be Kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." Rev. Watson
It's hard on days when I'm overwhelmed and tired. It's hard with people who've hurt me before...but the struggle to do this is worth it. I like what Glennon Doyle Melton added on to the end of that quote, "Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."Rev. Watson "Including you!" Glennon Doyle Melton.
Looking at life through eyes of love means that life feels a little different...a little lighter, a bit more joy-filled...it almost feels like FLYing.