Scheduling is something I have always struggled with. It’s easier at work – although I readily admit I will choose students over a non-urgent scheduled meeting every time. But, scheduling my life is a constant battle. It comes because of many Blessings – a busy husband, three active children, a commitment to be a healthier person and exercise regularly, and a love of many things like cooking, reading, writing and learning. I really should be scheduling writing time to fully participate in #NaBloPoMo2016, and yet, I probably won’t. I’m not good at lying, anyway. Playing catch up is a reality right now, and I pray I have my priorities in order so at the end of it all, I the things I’ve missed I won’t miss. You know?
So, it is in perfect form that I play some catch up on the lovely #NaBloPoMo2016 prompts provided by BlogHer that I missed last week. Cheers to a better Week 2, and as always, thanks for stopping by! XOXO
Nov. 2: When was the last time you did something brave? What happened?
Bravery is not a word I usually associate with myself, and I can’t think of a good “deep” example at the moment, so I’m going to go with my recent trip to Austin, Texas to attend the Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE) Conference with a team from my school. Just GOING on this trip was, for me, a huge act in bravery considering that I felt sick with panic when it was time to leave. But I want to talk about our segway tour. Holy nuts was I nervous! You know I totally purchased the extra insurance from the company, used the bathroom moments before leaving and had to hide the sweaty palms and put on a brave face…and…it was AWESOME! Lol. Austin is a beautiful city. I am thankful for this tour, as we got to see and learn so much about the city. Riding the segway was scary, but super fun, and admittedly easier than I had feared. So yes, I was scared And yes, the peer pressure made me ACT braver than I felt. And…I absolutely LOVED it. Moral learned.
Nov. 3: If you could be completely honest with no regrets, what would you say and to whom?
Hmph. My arms are wanting to fold in thought and contemplation of the perfect thing to choose to appropriately answer the question, but remain safely protected in my bubble. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Right?
With that said, I would go back to my middle daughter’s Kindergarten teacher. I would tell her that she ruined my confidence in being a mother of a school-aged child. I would tell her that her harsh words and blind judgement have scarred me and our family in a way that is irreparable. I would remind her that even at the very mature age of 5, children are still growing and developing and she is making an impact, for better or worse, by everything she says and does. Little eyes are watching. Little hearts are feeling. Little minds are remembering. I would point out that I did everything that I should have done as a parent who knew my daughter had special needs, and that SHE failed my daughter. And I would remind her that each child in her classroom is someone’s everything – someone’s precious, irreplaceable gift and that she should be there to protect and nurture those children, no matter what. And in closing, I would thank her – because I will NEVER allow that to happen again in my own life – not as a parent, and not as an educator.
Nov. 4: Which fall shows should totally be canceled already?
This is the easiest of them all – I don’t know! If Presidential Election coverage counts, then I’ll put in a vote for that cause I might not be able to take it anymore. But, everything else I love on TV gets DVR’d, like Project Runway and Master Chef. The TV is rarely on during the evenings except for the news or the 9:30pm time slot after all the kids are asleep, the time slot where “The Big Bang Theory” falls. We just don’t watch a lot of TV. Part of it is because of a desire to limit, but a bigger part is because our days are long. So, I’m sorry, but I don’t know – so tell me!