I am so grateful for everything I have in my life: my children, my grandchildren, my family and my friends. I have a roof over my head, and food to eat. There is nothing more I need.
Tomorrow is Remembrance Day – a day to remember those who fought for our freedom. A day to remember the sacrifices they gave up so we can be free to do what we want now. It is a time to reflect. To be thankful. To feel the love that is around us.
I spent the day today visiting my daughter – having lunch and wandering around Hamilton, Ontario. Since I have started traveling, I have started watching people even more. One thing that was interesting today was seeing so many sour faces walking around in Hamilton. So much sadness in their faces. I made a point today to compliment people that I saw, to leave a good tip at lunch to make my waitress know I appreciated her time with me, and to smile at people in the mall to hopefully give them a bright spot in their day.
Today has been such a special day – a wonderful day with my daughter, spending quality time together, and having a heartfelt talk tonight with my son. I have missed my kids while I was traveling and am so grateful to be able to have the ability to talk to them every day if we want to now. I want everyone around me to feel the love that I have inside, to know that life is such a precious commodity and that it is oh so short in the scheme of things. If you want to do something, do it! If you want to eat chocolate cake for breakfast – do it. If you want to do something crazy (and legal) – do it!
One of the most important things to do is to be kind to each other – to show each other that we are all worthy of being here. The veterans that we remember tomorrow are the people we should be very grateful for making this world worthy to be living freely in.
I make an effort every day to be kind to every customer that comes in to the store I work in. I smile and have a kind word to everyone. I believe that because of everything I have seen in my life gives me a new way to look at people. I want to be kind to everyone.
I am grateful for those who went to war for our freedom, and I thank them all for their service. I choose to be kind to everyone I see, because of this gratefulness that I have in my heart. So let’s be kind to one another and make this world a better place.
I have written a lot about the students I have taught over the past year, but not much has been said about the teachers who have helped me.
The primary teachers at Livon have been incredible. They have been helpful, generous and so very sweet. From assisting me in my classes, to helping me translate Chinese, and so much more ~ they have made my teaching experience very memorable. I will miss them but I know that I have made some lifelong friends.
George ~ my Saturday assistant
Michael ~ an amazing young man and a lifelong friend
Mark ~ grade 3 and 4 assistant
Summer ~ grade 3 and 4 English teacher
Cassie ~ grade 1 English teacher
Winnie ~ grade 1 English teacher
Emily ~ an occasional assistant
Peter ~ my official liaison
Pamela ~ an occasional assistant
Ariel ~ an occasional assistant
Emma ~ grade 2 assistant
Lily ~ the head teacher of primary and one of the sweetest women I have met here
Sherry ~ grade 1 English teacher
Tesia ~ grade 1 English teacher
Naomi ~ grade 2 English Teacher ~ she was like a daughter ~ same age as my daughter! Note the teary eyes…
Nancy ~ grade 1 English teacher and an amazing young woman!
Rainbow~ grade 2 English teacher and so much fun! She always was so involved in my lessons!
I will miss them all!!