Thursday, April 21, 2011
Come with me to a third grade classroom…
There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is
a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It's never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they'll never speak to him again as long as he lives.
The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, "Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I'm dead meat."
He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.
As the teacher is walking toward him, a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy's lap.
The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, "Thank you, thank you, Lord!"
Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the
object of sympathy.
The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful.
But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been
transferred to someone else - Susie.
She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You've done enough, you
Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, "You did that on purpose, didn't you?" Susie whispers back, "I wet my pants once too."
May we all see the opportunities that are always around us to do good.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Continuation of previous blog.
I found out today the computer program I need to complete IEP's has been down since Monday and no one thought to tell me! So basically, I have spent three days beating my head into a wall for nothing! I said it was the county's problem, but I am still responsible to get the paperwork finished as soon as the system is up.
Then, today, I found out that I had made a mistake at the beginning of the year and while I am told not to stress over it, I do. I don't like making mistakes at my job.
To top off a terrific (not) three days of stress, I received a speeding ticket. I won't fight it. I was and I will pay what I owe but won't find out how much until next week.
Will the stress end? Yes in 26 days. Then I can start planning things for next year and make sure things are in place to prevent mistakes.
So I am down to one meeting - tomorrow that I am responsible for. Paperwork for three. Then I get to hold a meeting about a student's behavior and participate in two transition meetings (kids moving up from pre-k to K next year. On top of that, we have Kindergarten cap and gown pictures tomorrow, an in-school field trip next week, field day coming up, and I need to plan some sort of honor's party for my class. I wish it were June!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Yes you heard me right. I Give Up!!!!!!!! on trying to change my cat's diet. We have tried for a week. There for a while it seemed like we might get there, but Tuesday it took hours for her to eat 1/4 cup - husband tried several times in the morning and she nibbled for several hours that night. I can't just leave it out where she could nibble all day because my other cat would eat it. He loves it! Figures! Wednesday, all she ate was 1 Tablespoon. That is all for 24 hours. Today, she totally refused the food this morning. And when I got home tonight, she was dry heaving because she hadn't eaten. I gave her the mixture and she smelled it and walked away. I tried three times with the same result so I GIVE UP. I gave her the 1/4 cup of her weight control Iams and she ate it all. She will not change food so I hope that the blood sugar was a fluke due to stress. I tried, but I can't not let her eat. I just can't.
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