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Heading into the Fall Hodgepodge

I can’t remember if I played last week…my brain is literally fried after only a month in school.  Fortunately, I felt my spirits lift yesterday after I talked to a teacher friend who reminded me to “keep learning fun for the kids.”  Yep.  Wise words.

So, here I am, participating for sure this week.  As always, thanks to Joyce, our lovely hostess…the one with the mostess.  🙂

1.  It’s fall. Y’all. My favorite season of the year! What’s something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it’s officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-‘y’all’?

What I love to do this time of the year is watch college football.  Cheering on my Auburn Tigers is the bees’ knees, y’all!

Oh, and I’ve lived in the South since I was nine years old.  I use the word “y’all” many times a day.  To do otherwise would be akin to not drinking sweet tea or taking a pass when the grits come near you.  Seriously.

2.  When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved?

I last had a falling out with someone last Tuesday.  Why do I remember the day?  Because the evening before, things started spiraling out of control…all while I was watching the premier of Dancing with the Teachers Stars.

The actual falling out happened the next day and has not been resolved.  I doubt it will.

‘Nuff said.

3.  A song you love with the word ‘fall’ in it’s title?

How I do love Patsy Cline.  It’s too bad her life ended so soon!  I can’t think about her without hearing the song, I Fall to Pieces.  It’s quite lovely…her voice so distinguishable.

4.  What’s something you’ve recently let ‘fall by the wayside?’

At the beginning of each school year, I make a silent promise to keep up with the housework…

And then I quickly go back on my word.

Teaching takes every bit of energy from my 5’3″ body.  I’m physically and mentally drained, so I choose to ignore the dust and fur baby hair bunnies and dirty dishes at the sink…for as long as I can…and catch up when I can without making apologies…because that’s just the way it has to be…until June.

5.  When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way?

A few weeks ago, I read the book, Heaven is for Real.  I’d heard wonderful things about it, and people were raving about the movie, which I had not seen.

Sad to say, I did not find the book as spectacular as everyone said.  Now, after talking to a couple of people personally, I realize I’m not alone in my opinion.

The father, who penned the book, wrote mostly about HIS struggles…not his son’s encounters in heaven.  I empathized with the author but felt that the book functioned in a somewhat self-serving way to edify the father.

I hate to say that because he is a Christian man, but hey, if you don’t agree, that’s fine!  I have no interest in seeing the movie now.

6.  Describe a time you said or thought, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Ha!  I just typed this exact thing a few days ago in response to someone’s Facebook post.  I can’t remember what it was in regard to though.  Thank you, Teacher Brain.  :::rolls eyes:::

7.  Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not?

I’ll answer as if Tuesday is “today.”

Tuesday was much better than Monday.  I’ve struggled a lot in the last few weeks with discouragement and resentment.  To top that off, I had to take care of a few things at school…the part of teaching that isn’t my favorite.  Monday was, thus, difficult.  Tuesday proved much better because I started off the day with a lighter heart after talking to a teacher friend.  My classes responded immediately to my positive attitude.




8.  My Random Thought

Some of my sadness of late can be attributed to my heart hurting for Rebecca, a sweet bloggy/social media/DWTS/texting friend of mine.  If you can, please pray for her and Ricky.  I don’t know the status as of this 12:15am posting, but their precious fur baby, Sydney, is losing her battle with bone cancer, and they are devastated.

We lost Aubie a year ago in May, and watching her fight her own battle broke my heart into pieces that will never quite go back together properly.

I have cried and cried for Rebecca, knowing the hurt that she and her husband are feeling right now.

I am so grateful for this medium…one in which I can reach out, despite my hectic life, and be a part of others’ lives…empathizing…praying…consoling…and encouraging.

My dear sweet friend, as I’m about to turn off the computer and head to bed, the following song began playing on Pandora…

Please know that you are loved, and God sees your tears.  Of this, you know.  I just thought I’d say it again.

Love you, sweet friend.

“This Is Our God”
Chris Tomlin

A refuge for the poor, a shelter from the storm
This is our God
He will wipe away your tears and return your
wasted years
This is our God
Oh… this is our God
A father to the orphan, a healer to the broken
This is our God
And he brings peace to our madness and comfort
in our sadness
This is our God
Oh… this is our God
this is the one we have waited for
Oh… this is our God
A fountain for the thirsty, a lover for the lonely
This is our God
He brings glory to the humble and crowns for the
This is our God

5 Responses

  1. I think the first month into a new school year is always challenging, and draining on many levels. Keep on keeping on! Your students are fortunate to have a teacher who cares deeply.

  2. I’m a former teacher, so I totally understand the rigors of the first few months of a school year. By the way, the phrase not saying y’all was like ” taking a pass when the grits come near you” is perfect. I’m a Southern girl myself, so I totally agree. Have a great school year.

  3. Hopefully the second month of teaching will be easier than the first. Keep your spirits up!

  4. My heart is breaking for Rebecca and Ricky, too…been there myself. It is far from easy and so incredibly gut-wrenching. That song is just perfect. I read “Heaven is For Real” and saw the movie. The book was much better, in my opinion.

  5. I was also disappointed with the book “Heaven is for Real” I had hoped it would be much more inspiring than it was.

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