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Wednesday Hodgepodge – Deep Questions…Can I Meet the Challenge?

Lord have mercy, but Joyce cooked up some TOUGH questions for us this week!!  Oy vey!  My brain…it is a hurting!  I’m going to give it my best shot, though, but I beg your forgiveness ahead of time.  As a teacher, I am used to challenging my students to think critically.  I think Joyce would have made a FANTASTIC teacher with these thought-provoking, philosophical questions!

Oh, and Joyce, I hope you get to feeling better soon!  Y’all pray for her.  She’s fighting a nasty case of ickiness.

1.  The popular saying, ‘All is fair in love and war’ is originally credited to English writer John Lyly.  Is he right?

I would have to disagree with Mr. Lyly.  To say that “all is fair” implies that anything goes.  Really?  Anything?  Would you really sacrifice your morals for the sake of love and/or war?  Take the shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.  Ok.  So they aren’t exactly brainy shows, but they sure do reveal the nasty side of people.  One could say that this program encompasses both love AND war as contestants stop at NOTHING to win true love.


What’s fair about sacrificing your scruples just to win?  To me, anyone who does this is a L-O-S-E-R.

:::stepping off of my soapbox:::

…for now

2.  Are you a cereal eater?  What’s your favorite kind?

I am not currently a cereal eater.  Back in the day, when I was, I preferred Cinnamon Life Crunch.  Oh word, but those squares soaked in milk made me a happy girl indeed!

3.  A five year old in Pennsylvania was recently given a ten day school suspension for talking with a friend about shooting one another with a Hello Kitty Bubble gun (the gun blows bubbles).  She did not have the gun with her at school.

A psychological evaluation was also ordered and the incident was recorded on her permanent record.  The suspension was later reduced to two days and her parents are suing to have the incident removed from her file. Your thoughts?  (If you missed the story click here for details).

Oh goodness!  What an awful story!  I honestly do not know how I feel about this.  The only thing I can say is that I wonder in what context the little girl and her playmate’s comments occurred.  Did the person reporting the incident accurately share how the conversation came about?  I know that everyone is extremely sensitive to talk of violence and, in particular, guns – hence the reaction to this situation.  But still…I wonder.  That’s about all I’m going to say.  My heart hurts about this.

4.  Whatever happened to_____________________________?

Whatever happened to kids being respectful at school?  Oh my word!  I love my students, but a few of them just don’t have a clue about how to be respectful and STOP TALKING during the teaching process!  Sheesh Louise!

5.   January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, billed as a day to reacquaint yourself with a pen and pencil.  Do you like your handwriting? Do you prefer to print or write in cursive?  This date was chosen because its the birth date of John Hancock. What’s the last thing you signed your name to?

My handwriting is okay.  I’m not super-thrilled with it, but it’s fine.  I wish I had “teacher” handwriting, but alas, I am not an elementary teacher.  I write as quickly as I can, and my students don’t complain.

As far as printing versus writing in cursive…hmmm…I enjoy both.  I have to print on the Smartboard for my students, but there’s something very soothing about cursive writing.  It takes more time, which makes it great for putting your thoughts in order.  Cursive writing flows so beautifully across the page, that it’s almost as if your hand is dancing across a stage.  I wonder if this is why one of my students wanted me to teach him how to write in cursive.

The last thing I signed my name to was my restaurant bill on Friday night.  Barb had picked me up (my car was in the shop…still is, matter of fact), and we stopped at my favorite Mexican restaurant so I could pick up my to-go order.  It’s sad that I knew how much my bill would be.  That’s how often I order from the place.

6.  Speaking of John Hancock…ever been to Philadelphia? Do you have any desire to visit the city of Brotherly Love?

I have not been to Philadelphia, but I wouldn’t mind going.  There’s a lot of history there, and I am a history buff.  One summer, I’d love to take a few weeks and just travel around all of the Revolutionary War / Early American sites.

7.  Share something funny you’ve heard a child say.

Because I teach high school students, my definition of “child” will be someone between the ages of 14-17.

Yesterday, I gave my students new assigned seats.  I do this every nine weeks because the kids usually get tired of sitting with the same people, and it’s a good thing for students to work with different people who have different learning styles and abilities.

Needless to say, some of my students were not happy.  We’re starting our third nine weeks, and I know my students…oh so well.  I know who they can and CANNOT sit beside…who will cause them to talk incessantly (see question #4)…who needs to be closer to the board to see.

Well, after the bell rang, a girl who is not in my class came into my room to find her friend, who is a student of mine.

When she saw her friend, she said, “Friend!  I saw you, and you weren’t sleeping!”


The girl she was referring to is an avoider.  She’s one of those students who refuses to face the front of the class (my tables make it so kids have to turn sideways to see the board).  She constantly sits with her face in her hands.

I knew this.

I’d planned for it.

She’s in the front of the room right up close to me.

There will be no more naps in my classroom (although I am pretty good at catching the kids…usually).

I had to chuckle.

Even her friend had busted her!

8.  My Random Thought

Yesterday during lunch, when I had my knitting students with me, I decided to show my girls the following video.  I thought they would find it sweet.

They were bored, distracted by the goings on in the room.

However, in the middle of the video, I smacked myself in the head with my palm.

I’d completely forgotten to put the video in yesterday’s post about my Chicky turning 21!!!

I was so bummed!

I’d heard the song on the radio last week while I was getting ready for work.  I’d never heard it before and quickly got on the internet to look up the lyrics.

Oh my word.

Then, I watched the video.

Tears poured forth.

Barb had picked me up for a breakfast we were attending, and she was beside herself when she saw my tears.

“Stop crying,” she said.  “People are going to wonder what I said to upset you.”


She’s such a supportive friend.


I’m sharing the video with you now.  The song is How to Say Goodbye by one of my favorite Christian singers/songwriters, Michael W. Smith.

Chicky, this one is for you.  Never forget that while you’re going off into the big world, those of us at home are fighting the bittersweet feelings that come with letting go.

15 Responses

  1. Omgosh! I love Michael Smith also. That video made me cry as well! Beautiful! All my children are out of the house now. My youngest, my only son, has decided he’s going to travel the country for a while to see what’s out there…I still don’t know how I feel about that! He lives just in the next town from me and I still miss him terribly. Moving out and growing up is a part of life that is exciting and a bit scary, but letting go…I think that’s a lot harder for parents to deal with. You have a blessed day! Kelly xoxo

  2. I enjoyed reading your answers to all the questions.
    I can remember when I was in school, many moons ago, a few who would sleep in class. One boy did it regularly. One day the teacher did not wake him when the bell rang as he usually did by pushing his desk. He let him sleep. The boy awoke about half way through the next class and was very embarrassed to find himself in an all girl class.
    I like the song in the video at the end of your post. Very nice.

  3. Oh, goodness…I simply can’t bear to watch that video, again, after bawling my eyes out last night when I watched it on FB. Sure hits close to home, doesn’t it? I’ll definitely share it with Brittany on her 21st BD next week. What a funny story you shared for #7. Abby tells me all the time about kids nodding off in her classes. Of course, when you have to get up before dawn, I can understand why it happens.

  4. stopping by from the hodgepodge. What a beautiful video – hard for me to watch for my daughter will be heading off to college in 7 months. thanks for sharing!

  5. Aretha said it best: R – e – s -p -e -c -t !! I agree with her – and you! We need more of it.

  6. Supportive – that’s my middle name!! 😉

  7. I was a teacher : ) School starts at a ridiculous hour here so I’m not surprised kids are tired. Love that Michael W Smith song!

  8. My writing on the smart-board looks like a kindergartners. I hate that.

  9. Great idea to move the kids around. Not only do you find their weaknesses but also their strengths.

  10. Love that song. Such a sweet one. Didn’t dare watch it this morning since we’re barreling toward my girl’s high school graduation.

    Amen on the respect.

    Always love popping over here!

  11. Oh man… I usedto HATE when the teacher would move our assigned seats around.

    I think kids have always been rude. I know when I was in school, there were always those kids who wouldnt stop talking & always trouble makers. Kids always have attitude of being the ‘big man on campus’ 🙂 I know you know what I mean!

  12. I also used to hate when teachers assigned seats because since i was hard of hearing i’d end up in the same seat as before. Anyway luckly they sat me next to nice people. 😉 It’s ridiculous how disrespectful some kids can be, i had thought it would be better after i left school.

  13. Letting go is really tough, but it does get a little easier with time.

  14. This is only my second time to take part in this meme and I am really enjoying getting to read other people’s take on things. Next week I am going to make it a stand alone post. I have been combining it with Wordless Wednesday.

    Our daughter is a lecturer and works for one of the largest university systems in Texas. I understand how sensitive this issue is for you as a teacher and how careful you need be with your response.

    I was not as careful and had a very definite view point. With that being said, we do agree about the lack of respect. What has happened to parent’s reaching their children to have respect? I don’t know.

    My apologies but I cannot listen to this video. We just had two devastating losses in our family last year right before Thanksgiving and it’s still very very tender.

    I hope you the rest of your week goes good!

  15. sorry this is the only way I could reply to your email. This is my youngest going off to college – I have done it before. It doesn’t get any easy I know and I know what to except. It is heartwrenching feeling. Thanks for stopping by.

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