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You think?

on September 8, 2007 - 2:25pm

I'm trying to help my students understand OTHER people speak Spanish, so I play music and some other recordings. It's amazing how often I can fit Josh into the classroom! Anyhow, the ones that come with the textbook are really slow because they're for the beginners (not what I play for my Spanish 5AP class). "What was that woman talking about?" I asked after playing track 1. "I couldn't understand her! She was, like, speaking a foreign language or something."
And the name of this class is...?

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School days

on August 21, 2007 - 7:15pm

School started yesterday. Actually, it started for the kids yesterday; we teachers have been back for a while. Because my room had been changed, I'm still unpacking. I can't unpack everything because the cabinet that some of these things need to go into has not arrived yet. In the meantime, I'm looking for somethings, and making do without others. I refuse to get into a panic just because things aren't going as smoothly as I'd like. I guess I've learned that there are more important things to be concerned about.
Some of my students from years before have sought me out to say hi or give me a hug. Everyone has been extremely supportive, and I appreciate it! Yesterday one of my students (new to me) asked about parties, fiestas (after all, it IS Spanish class!). "Well, second semester is our cooking unit so you will all prepare a dish and bring it in and you will be able to eat." "No, how about a FIESTA, you know - woo-hoo, par-tay ..." Some of the other students kept telling him to be quiet "Mike, shhhhh! Don't go there!" I love how these kids try to protect me! "Well, Mike, we'll have to see how it goes. But right now I'm not in a partying mood." I love kids! "Well, why not?" Again, the kids tried to protect me! "Mike! Don't go there!" He was adamant! So I just simply let him know that I had lost my daughter and grandson in February, and I'm not really big on parties right now. He apologized and then became very quiet and thoughtful. I hate having to explain myself; I feel like I should apologize to others for bringing them down.
Mike perked up today and tried to crusade for something else. I really do love kids!

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a baptism

on August 19, 2007 - 1:53pm

Today we attended the baptism of our niece's brand new baby boy, Braden. I don't know what on earth made me think I could do this! But God gave me the strength to stay, although I shook and cried almost the entire time. When I finished crying they let me hold the baby. And I held him for a long time! He felt so good in my arms, and he was such a good baby. He didn't fuss or cry; he mostly slept. That's one of the things that made today so difficult. Jacob was a very good baby too. He rarely fussed, mostly when he was gassy and his tummy hurt.
I told Jen, our niece, to come over when she had the energy and time to pick up some clothes for Braden. I gave away Jacob's newborn clothes to a charity that deals with unwed moms, but there are so many more items that Elizabeth must have bought on sale, for when Jacob would grow into them, things that had not even been worn yet!
Jennifer had said that she couldn't bring herself to call me, that she broke down and cried every time she tried to call me. I understand only too well! But now that we've seen each other and talked, it will be easier. I also let her know that going through Jacob's clothes won't be easy, so I'll cry. It's OK.
Yesterday I found one of Jacob's newborn blankets that appeared out of nowhere. I thought that I had gathered all of them, washed them and put them away. My husband must have brought this one up from the basement, along with some of Elizabeth's other things (we're still sorting). I ended up sitting on the floor, crying into this blanket.

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on August 16, 2007 - 5:15pm

Last week, after I found out that my dad was OK after his surgery, some friends and I went to a few Josh concerts: Milwaukee, Green Bay, and St. Paul. Yes, I was fortunate that I could go to all 3 concerts, but I could not go to any concert at the beginning of this year. Physically, I could go, but emotionally, I was a mess. Anyhow, in Milwaukee, I met a wonderful Grobie, Valerie from Quebec. She was so sweet and came over to talk to me almost right away. In Green Bay, Valerie won a pair of back stage passes and took me with her to meet Josh. He was very gracious. I explained just a little about Elizabeth and Jacob and the fact that every time I hear "So she dances" and "Awake" I cry. He seemed concerned because he planned to sing both those songs that night. "So, I'll cry. It's OK." I'd like to think that he thinks of me/Elizabeth when he sings either song, but I'm not naive.
This week I've been busy preparing for the new school year. I've had to change classrooms again (4th time in 3 years), which means unpacking all of my crap and trying to find a new home for it all. But I get to teach 4 of my 5 classes in that room, and I have my study hall there, also. And I share with only 2 other teachers. And I have Josh singing in the background while I hang up posters and put things away.
Today is the 6 month anniversary of the accident. I haven't spent the entire day crying, so that's an improvement. But I went to the cemetary today and let my kids know that I miss them very much and am hoping that they visit me for hugs and kisses in my dreams.

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Good news

on August 6, 2007 - 5:24pm

My dad had his heart surgery today and everything went well. He had a pacemaker and defibrilator put in. The surgery took a little longer than they had anticipated, but Dad is OK and resting. I was worried because 30 years ago my dad's mother died on the operating table during the pacemaker surgery.
I'll call in the morning to check up on him, and if everything is still fine, then it's off to see Josh (Milwaukee, Green Bay and St. Paul)! I didn't get to see Josh at all at the beginning of this year, so I don't think that Elizabeth will mind if I get in a double (triple?) dose of my Josh fix now before the school year begins.
I'm just so thankful to God that my dad is OK (and my mom, too), and that I had the chance to tell them again that I loved them.



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