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Hopefully touching your hearts on Teacher Appreciation Week 2019! 

Just a lot of teaching stuff! I give up. SOS. Worst organizer, ever, and I'm moving again. Oh boy.

Dearie me, I am a late bloomer as usual. I said feh until now about the crazy deal about organizing and tidying up. Morgan told me about Marie Kondo. She and her mama have been watching "YouTube" videos and all of a sudden, Barbie Town is shut down, stuffies and bags of baby toys donated to preschool, that sort of thing. But when Rebecca told me Morgan was organizing her drawers and folding everything, I really was pretty darn impressed. 

I kept hearing snippets about it, but I was too busy hunting through stacks of teaching stuff in several remaining closets. Long gone are class sets of jump ropes, xylophones etc. Remaining? Favorite children's classics, reading manipulatives, treasure box junk, art materials, you know what I mean.

Added to that, teaching antiques besides me, including bells, slates, ink wells, readers and a couple things I never saw before or since, like a first Big Book. Standing manipulative chalk board, and my McGuffey's, dreamy.

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I can't get home

Maybe with a drone, certainly not even my trusty Subie with a car seat, would venture out in this weather. Sheets of ice, some obvious, some hidden, lurking.

Even walking like a penguin, I can't manage going out the door at the moment. 

My big poodle slipped on the ice today, and several of our friends. So obviously it makes sense to just stay put, read a good book, hang out on Twitter. Luckier this time, power is on. Makes one appreciative.

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Two simple questions: What do I really need? Who needs me?

Recently, Seth Godin published a short post called "The ruby slippers problem."  In this brief post he described that, in our culture, we are always looking to get more rather than focusing on what we have. His post has been on my mind since I read it a couple days ago.

Then, yesterday, my son was watching a video and I was listening in. The video was about happiness and why video games make you happy. He loved the idea of getting some validation for his favorite pastime. My interest was peaked by something else. The narrator was saying that studies have been done about people who win the lottery, and the fact is that they are no happier after winning the money than when they were broke. 

I find myself on the hamster wheel sometimes, chasing what I don't have. Seth is right, that mentality is ingrained into our culture. In those times, I have to force myself to step back and answer those two simple questions. What do I really need? Who needs me?

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Ask a child to point to herself. Where does her index finger land?

If you or I were to point to ourselves, we would likely place our hand on the same destination as that child.

We point not to our forehead, not to our stomach, not to our ear or our other hand. We point to our heart.

I point to my heart because that’s where I live. I live through my heart. I see the world through my heart. I breathe through my heart. I listen to people with my heart. Heart to heart conversations are, for me, timeless, precious. “Your vision becomes clear only when you can look deeply into your own heart.” (Carl Jung).

I point to my heart because I “take heart” when a child smiles. I am “heartened” when I am in the presence of kindness and beauty.

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"Gratitude is one of the most important human virtues and one of the most common human deficiencies. Gratitude does not develop without effort." - Dieter Uchtdorf

 How often do we cherish the moment?

Do we tell people how much they mean to us? Throughout my school career I enjoyed several caring and wonderful teachers. I also had my fair share of teachers that I simply didn't connect with. Looking back one teacher made an impact with me as a student & teacher. As a fifth grade student I was placed in the room of Mrs. Janice Wetters. I had several friends in the room and at that time fifth grade was part of the Middle School.

It was a Whole New World.

When I think back to my fifth grade year several memories pop into my head. It was the first time in my life I held a girl's hand! I learned how to divide triple-digit numbers. I really got excited about science, and I found a true appreciation for consistency. As I look back what I remember the most about fifth grade is that Mrs. Wetters was predictable, consistent and reliable. I never remember her missing a day of school. I always knew that she would treat everyone the same, and each school day was filled with routine and procedure. In the moment I likely thought fifth grade was boring, but thinking back I appreciate what my teacher put in place.

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