Thursday, January 2, 2020

OLW for 2020

 Reach for 20/20
My One Little Word for 2020

On New Year's Day I was still looking for my one little word for this year. (sidenote: 2018=Joy, 2019= Believe) I was reading other's blogs and posts and was gathering inspiration from their  OLW selections.  However, I was still searching for mine on Jan 1st while the Rose Bowl New Year's Day parade played on the TV in the background. The first float paraded by it's theme caught my ear....."Reach for the stars!"  
Yes, so full of ambition and potential-  Open to possibilities. Reach for the stars! Reach for 2020- yes, 20/20 vision - seeing clearly. 
  I singled out the word "Reach" .  We can reach for so much more than stars. Its meaning could weave through many facets of my life. 

 Reach....for my loved ones. Spending that quality time with each of my children.  Knowing their love language. Giving hugs. to touch.  Connecting with them. Same for my spouse! Taking the time to reach out to other family members too. Whether it's picking up the phone to call, commenting on a Facebook post, sending a package or letter, making the effort to attend that family gathering or hosting it for that matter! 
Reach......and stretch! Yes, to stretch my body feels so good. If only for 5 minutes while the coffee brews to ignite those muscles. Maybe that will lead to more opportunities to pursue exercise for me. Yoga...that's stretching right?....that's my kind of exercise! 
Reach....... out to others. It might be actually lending a helping hand or  it could be a simple smile or wave. Be open. Reach  out to others -co-workers, neighbors, even strangers.  A kind word or compliment can brighten someone's day. Those sunshine rays will fill my soul too. 

Reach....deep within myself. What is it that I truly want and desire? Pull out my character , my being,  find my purpose.  Let those  dreams  rise to the surface and grab on to them! 

 Reach seemed to ring clearer and clearer with my vision for 2020.  
So I will reach for the New Year's bell 
and ring in 2020 with  

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

#31 Twain's trunk

SOL #31 OUT OF 31 (yipee!!!)
Out of Twain's Trunk

One of my 5th graders was quietly reading a magazine which I noticed he pulled from a large manila colored envelope. I instantly knew it must have been a special magazine and was intrigued to find out more about it.  He nonchalantly explained that his grandfather gave him this envelope with a magazine inside to read. "Incidentally", there was an article in this antique magazine featuring his grandfather.  I quickly flipped to the article to read it.  It was titled, "Unpacking Twain's Trunk". Poised next to the title was a picture of this boy's grandfather posing with an old, large, antique trunk.  Inscribed on the top of the trunk were the words "Property of Samuel Clemens" (of course, we know him as Mark Twain---from our home state of Missouri) It seems my students grandfather had recently acquired a trunk thought to be the property of Mark Twain! Wow!! I stood in awe as I read and reread this article. The article claims there was even a stray gray strand of hair (with the picture to prove it) left behind in the trunk.  Forensic experts are analyzing it now.  They have had professionals examine every nook and  cranny of this crate.  They were able to trace the manufacturer back to the St. Louis are  in 1867.  Guess who was living in St. Louis in 1867. Yeap, good ole Samuel Clemens. 
So it seems this man has his hands on history. Oh how I would love to get a whiff of the stories this old box holds.  
Hey, maybe my student will bring it for show and tell!!
 I can only dream about that....or at least use that for a story idea!! 

(Sorry I didn't include my pictures of the magazine, article and other pictures of Twain's trunk. I wasn't prepared to write about this tonight and I left them at school)  

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

#30 Tired

#30 out of 31

Realized this challenge just about got the best of me

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

#29 Lullaby

S.O.L. # 29 out of 31

(Thank you to Joyce Sidman for the Lullaby poem idea)

My Little Girl's Lullaby

Now that the school day is done,
The other kids have all gone home
I wait for you.

The swirling letters in my head settle 
like quiet books on a shelf
My little legs can run no more
I sit and rest
I wait for you

My mind stops singing
My eyes stop blinking
I wait for you

My head is heavy
My body curls up like a snail in its shell
I can wait no more…..
This is how I found my tired Kindergarten daughter after school today.  
She had fallen asleep  as she was waiting for me to finish up in my room before we could go home for the day. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

#28 My Water Bottle

S.O.L. #28   out of 31

Since I am on Spring Break, I have been reluctant to write about topics too deep or  delve into a something too serious, or even think about something related to school. So when I saw Natasha post about her beloved water bottle, I unearthed my thoughts about my own water bottle.
 I borrowed the Best Thing Poem format from Joyce Sidman.

My Water Bottle

The best thing is its size;
not too big, not too small.
I don’t even know how many ounces it holds 
but size doesn’t matter anyway, right?

No, the best thing is it has a loop at the top
to clutch with only one finger as I rush out the door.
No, the best thing is its double wall
so doesn’t leave a puddle on my desk.

No, the best thing is its straw and spigot.
No  need to tip it up to take a sip.

No, the best thing is its plain, blue color.
It doesn’t pay homage to the “home team” nor
claim allegiance to a college
but everyone knows it’s mine.   

Sunday, March 27, 2016

#27 Time to Reflect

S.O.L. # 27 out of 31

Ahhh..Time to Reflect
A new wine from our local vineyard was released today. It is called Reflect.

Connect with a friend.
Deject the thoughts that I am not good enough.

Expect to relax.
Reject the idea that I should be doing something else.

Disconnect from all the chaos.
Re-set my mind.

Collect the tranquility.
Protect the peace and quiet.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

#26 Tantrum Trials

SOL # 26 out of 31
Tantrum Trials

I am dumbfounded at the tantrums our 5 year old has been displaying at home lately.  I am talking about  reverting back to the terrible-two phase, yelling and screaming, demanding and commanding, I -didn’t- get my- way tantrums.  I hear word from her teacher that she  studiously listens, learns, pays attention and maintains her composure all day long (even when others do not)  Then she gets home and some days she “loses her cool.”  However, my husband and I are trying a new approach her to meltdowns.
 It seems as soon as a child raises their voice, clenches their teeth & shouts loud commands, the adults respond the same way. They shout, “How dare you raise your voice at me”.   They command, “Go to your room young lady” and expect  for the child to magically change their behavior.

If our little one fell down, skinned her knee and was crying. We would rush to her side, ask what happened, offer to kiss it, apply a bandaid or whatever else is needed. Of course, we would acknowledge the hurt and give her  what she needs.
So that is the approach we are now  taking with our daughter. When she has an  upset or angry outburst, we stop what we are doing (generally we are occupied with a different task-cooking, phone, computer, etc)  We acknowledge feelings...frustrated, mad, upset.  Then ask, ‘What can I do to help?” Finally we try to provide her with what she needs. I’m not talking about caving in and giving her what she “wants” (ie ...the candy before dinner, to go to a friends house, etc) But realizing that she has some big feelings that she is having trouble dealing with.  Sometimes she just needs the adult brain to process though the problem with her or an offer of  other appropriate options, or a way to calm down,  or sometimes just a minute to be sad...or feel angry. Knowing that we all have these feelings and these feelings are ok to have.  

Oh believe me, in the heat of the moment, it is hard to control your own emotions and hard not to react and hard not to want to "make" her behave. But we know that none of those ways will give us a meaningful connection with our daughter nor will they teach her the skills that we want her to ultimately obtain so she can deal with big issues.
Wish us luck!