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Wednesday Hodgepodge is Easy as 1-2-3

Can you believe that we’re up to Hodgepodge #123?  WOWSA!  Joyce is an amazing and fearless meme leader, wouldn’t you agree?  Let’s proceed to the questions!

1.  This week’s Hodgepodge is Volume 123.  What’s something you’ve done recently that was as easy as 1-2-3?

The most recent set of lesson plans was put together lickety-split.  That’s because I used the lessons I created last year and tweaked them according to some new strategies I learned this year.  I managed to plan three weeks of lessons in one weekend.  It was w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l!

2.  The Wednesday Hodgepodge also happens to fall on the first day of May …what is something you may do this month?

I may finish a shawl I’ve been working on since last August.  I’ve never taken so long to finish a project, but teaching and finishing the Reading Endorsement program kicked my behind this school year.

3.  The Englishman Horace Walpole is credited as saying, “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think”  How do you see it?

I think this is an interesting quote.  If you really stop and think about how ridiculous some people are in this world, you actually laugh because of how misguided they are.  Still, though, if you are a person who is sensitive to the world around you, then you might discover the sadness that consumes people.

Goodness.  I think I see it as a bit of both!

4.  May is National Hamburger Month…how often do you eat a burger? What are your must-haves when it comes to burgers?  I assume you vegetarians won’t be celebrating so tell us what you’d like instead?

I’m a vegan, so no burgers here, unless you’re talking black bean or veggie!  For this month, I’ll be fasting…juice fasting, to be more precise.  I plan to spend a solid two weeks if not longer on my fast.  I cannot wait to purge the toxins that have built up and to return to my svelt self!  The abs do tend to pop out when you’re only drinking liquid nutrition.

5.  Pansies, petunias, geraniums, impatiens…of the four mentioned, which is your favorite in a patio pot? Will there be pots on your patio this spring? (Or whenever spring comes to your part of the globe?) Who does the gardening at your house?

I’m not particular to any of the above.  I’ve never put a pot of flowers on my patio either!  I prefer sunflowers, to be honest.  If there’s any gardening that’s being done, it’s by the lawn company I hired last August.  😀

6.  When did you last (literally or figuratively) shout “Mayday, Mayday!”

I asked for assistance last week, when I asked my mentor to help me begin working on my final set of lesson plans for the year.  I just want to get them done!

7.  Say farewell to your April in ten words or less.

Goodbye, Reading Endorsement, teacher observation, and AIMS.  Hello relaxing evenings!

8.  My Random Thought

When my children were younger and still lived at home, I assumed that other parents were doing as I was…rearing them to take responsibility for their actions.

As a teacher, the blinders have been removed from my eyes, and I now work with children who are rarely held accountable for the decisions they make.  Children no longer understand the definition of “natural consequences” but, instead, look to whomever they can cajole to take up their battle cry of “The world is treating me unfairly.”


I can’t say that I’m completely annoyed with the students.  If adults didn’t cater to this foolishness, the kids would eventually stop.

I lay the blame squarely on the shoulders of those who should know better.

It frustrates me to no end and challenges me in my Christian walk.

I want so badly to lash out and tell said adults what I think.

I refrain.

Praise the Lord for His intervention.

My gift for gab is lacking, and I’d probably say something that wasn’t too nice.



4 Responses

  1. I do think natural consequences are missing quite often today, and if they don’t claim unjust treatment, they look to blame someone else. There was a food fight in the highschool cafeteria here recently, that a friend’s son was involved in. The kids were not made to clean up the mess they made and whenmy friend asked why not, she was told it fell under the category of corporal punishment-they might feel humiliated. Huh?

  2. I think that many parents these days choose to be a friend above being a parent. Kids feel entitled and it goes back to how they’ve been raised. I’ve never been one to be afraid of laying down the law to my girls. When they’ve broken rules, they’ve known that there will be consequences that follow…no cell phone, no computer, no hanging out with friends, etc. It’s high time that parents act as parents and stop allowing their kids to have little or no respect for anyone in authority.

  3. I will tolerate any burger as long as it tastes good ! I do like the black bean burger from Chili’s but it’s too salty! I rather grill my own.

  4. I am not a teacher but one of the many reasons I admire them is what you wrote about in your random thought! So many times the children suffer because parents weren’t doing their job. It’s very sad. I would want to yell too…

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