Friday, May 28, 2010
7 Quick Takes Friday
1. My favorite moment of the mass is right after Communion. In that quiet, I know that all of us have stories, have crosses big and small that gnaw at the heart and make even the simplest things difficult. But we are all here, and all of us are offering all our sorrows, joys, hopes and triumphs and tragedies in that quiet moment before Christ, and being fully aware of having Christ within us.
2. My son finished school this week, and my daughter finished her exams. For my oldest two, summer has officially begun. Time to sign them up for outside of the house jobs.
3. Swimming lessons. I think the woman at the aquatic center nearly quit but we got five kids signed up for the same time, all in different level swimming. The sixth one is only 3 so I'm going to have us go to the pool for two hours prior to the lessons so she gets her water fix twice a week. It should be fun.
4. On my nightstand: Eat, Pray, Love. So far, not too excited by it. Sparta. Yeah, I like it more than one probably should. Also hoping to throw myself into reading Blessings and the Bee Keeper's Daughter.
5. Phineas and Ferb have made it popular but before the cartoon, my kids and I had a tradition which we will still hold this summer. We make a list of 100 things we hope to do over June, July and August. We post it on the refrigerator and check off as we go, and add in as we find new things to do. I highly recommend it.
6. There are three things I require of my children's teachers; that they care about the outcomes of their students, that they come prepared to convey material and meaning to the kids, and that they hold the children accountable for their actions or inactions because the real world commercial, social, economic, political, cultural and spiritual will.
I thank God for teachers my kids say are "hard" because they assign homework, grade it and give it back with corrections. I thank God for teachers that give my kids the grades they earn and demand my children turn in their best efforts even if the efforts reveal a lack of understanding. I thank God they care enough to assign projects and posters and book reports, all things that cause my kids to groan, and to grow.
We are coming to the end of another school year, and knowing how much I hate homework and how hard it is for me to get kids to get through it, I love these men and women for being willing to take it day after day. I love my kids and some days it's a battle royale to get started on homework, but they walk into the lions den everyday to demand more.
So Thank you!
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