Well, it is Super Tuesday, so if anybody was going to have to leave a political post today…it would be me. My message is simple…VOTE, it matters. Public education is supported through who we vote into office and which issues we support. Get out the vote. Voting is personal. We often vote personally. We must often vote professionally. This is a time that calls for us to vote personally and professionally. Vote for the TRUST of public education. This is one time your individual voice is heard and counts at the ballot box.
VOTE…it’s your choice.
Yesterday, as my son and I were finishing our nightly routines to get ready to fall into slumber. I could see that my son was kind of edgy. He looked at me and said, “I just can’t go to sleep.” I asked him what was bothering him.
To, which he replied, “Words are bonking around in my mind. When they’re doing fine, they’re all in a line.” I could only imagine streams of Word Clouds floating around in his little 6 year old head. All waiting to become a slice of life. 🙂
aaaaaaaaaaaahhhh. Sigh of relief, relaxation. With that, I am reminded of the words from Donalyn Miller at last weekend’s Literacy Conference. She said, “If reading is the inhale, then writing is the exhale.” This led me to thinking more about the truth of that statement. Then I had to thinking about what I’ve been inhaling lately (NO! Not that! :0)…
What have I chosen to read? Not much for myself lately other than professional books, blogs, and articles. I started reading “The Glass Castle” about a year and a half ago. I stopped reading it about a year ago. I did not finish it. I didn’t have time. The forever excuse of a mother and an educator. There just isn’t time to give myself. Well…there is. I just didn’t have that time prioritized for me.
Until now. Tonight, I’m going to finish that book. For me. Then, I’ll take your recommendations for my next great read. 🙂
Take some time for yourself. You deserve it! Then take your own great sigh of relief.
Better late than never, right? I have to say after writing my first post, I wrote to my first year mentor to tell her how much I appreciated her mentorship and her belief in me. Not long after,
She wrote, “Hey friend, thanks for your post. You are gifted, natural at it and passionate to begin with. Not a lot of mentoring to do. Thank you for all your family time and everything else you have given up to fight for us teachers. Love you! R;”
Sometimes we just need to hear “Thank you”. This thank you led me to tears of gratitude for her and for her acknowledgment that in the pursuit of fighting for what’s right for teachers and students, I had given up so much that I will never get back. She wrote this on a day that I needed a thank you. That I needed to hear I had demonstrated loyalty for the profession I believe so passionately in. We are the profession that creates all other professions.
Please take the time to say Thank you to someone who inspired you. They just might need to hear it today. I guarantee they will appreciate it.
Just Go For It…The only regret in anything is the regret of not having tried anything at all. If I wasn’t in such a hurry and a procrastinator at the same time (how is that possible?), then I probably would have taken the time to search what the real quote is and who said it. But for now, I will paraphrase so I can move on and just go for it this year.
Last year, I got as far as Day 10 Slice of Life. This year…I’m going for it. 31 days. That shouldn’t be so difficult since everyday I learn something new through R-n-R Reading and Reflecting as a teacher. Everyday my children “R-n-R” make me laugh or think a little bit more deeply about life and my life’s purpose. Every day there is a moment when I just need a little bit of downtime. True R-n-R.
Today, I learned how unaware we can be of the feelings of those around us even when we spend all day with them. A colleague shared a beautiful reading with us this morning at our PD (Positive Discussion). I wish sometimes we could slow down enough to notice the greatness in everyone around us. We just sometimes don’t know what we don’t know.
I had a fabulous mentor last year who taught me the human side of education. He gave me the confidence to just go for it. To believe in myself. To believe in my colleagues and to always, always put family first.
I may be rambling, but it’s 9:00 and I’m tired. It’s not easy being a full time teacher and a mother of 2. It’s a balance that can be tricky. Especially since it always feels like I need more than 24 hours in a day to do either of them well. I am definitely at a point where I can do a lot more:
Spending time with my very favorite R-n-R: my children.
I’m looking forward to sharing some Slices with you. 31 of them in fact. This year…I’m just going to Go For It! Happy Reading!