Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Still Learning From My Parents

This summer I have spent a lot of time with my parents. The time is precious. I am still learning from them. What a blessing these moments are! 

April 17, 1962

Some things I've learned/witnessed with my parents:

  • Faithful, loving companionship and care: 55 years married, my parents still fuss over, care for and worry about each other.
  • Neighborliness: my parents have neighbors they know by name, and one young man whom they mentor and love as "second parents" as well as neighbors.
  • "Let's see" attitude: my parents face challenges with thoughtful problem-solving rather than panic. (Coming soon: a "Makerspace" blog about my parents)
  • Humor in the face of difficulty: pain, physical or emotional, can be faced with humor.
  • Abundant love: my parents love me beyond reason; they are always delighted when I come, and they can't wait to see me again. 

July 28, 2007
My return to school is still a month away, though I'm beginning to prepare. My parents' lessons are resonating in my heart and mind, and I want to take these learning experiences into my classroom.

My students need people like my parents in their lives--

may that be me!

  • Faithful, loving companionship and care: I want to fuss over, care for and worry about my students.
  • Neighborliness: I want to know my students, invest in their lives, and mentor them.
  • "Let's see" attitude: I want to approach problems as opportunities.
  • Humor in the face of difficulty: I want to maintain my sense of humor, regardless of the circumstances.
  • Abundant love: I want my students to know that they are loved, that I am glad to see them, that I miss them when they are gone, and I can't wait to see them again.

Are you ready to return to school?

What attributes of your parents, heroes or role models do you want to imitate?

What student faces come to mind when you think of those who need you most?

2017-2018: BRING IT ON!

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