Today, I am sad. Sad for a dear friend and her family. Sad for the death of a baby who had barely had a chance to start living. Sad that I am thousands of miles away and can only offer words for comfort.
Life is not easy. None of us can pretend that it is. There are obstacles and fears and so many other things that make it hard for us some days to get through it all. Today I cannot even fathom what my friend and her daughter and their family are going through. The overwhelming grief and sadness that they are going through today.
So today, I ask all of you to say a little prayer. To take the time to reach out to someone who may be grieving or even just having a rough day for whatever reason and show them that you are there for them. Even if it’s just a phone call to say hello and that I care about you.
The world has another angel today – a little girl who will look down on her family and know that she was loved by them and that her love for them will always be with them. My heart is broken for them today.
My daughter had my grandson a week ago, and I have been so lucky to be close enough to spend the day with them right now whenever I want. Today was one of those days, and he was very alert when I first got there, and he cooed and cuddled with me – my heart was bursting with love. He’s melted away the walls I had up around my heart – he’s perfect. This grandma is over the moon in love with her little man. Love those around with you with every bit of your heart – they grow up too fast. Cuddle them when you can.
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
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!!
Awww the sun. It’s a glorious thing. It gives you a bronzed look, necessary Vitamin D, a sunny spirit and an overall great feeling. Sunny days, anytime of the year, always put me in a great mood.
With the early sunrise also comes sounds like birds chirping and some that are not, what I consider, normal sounds for these hours. Children’s voices outside at 5:30am, people walking and talking (loudly), the cars honking (why???), and the sounds of spitting outside my window. If only I could sleep with my window closed!
Awww yes, the glorious sounds of spring and summer are upon us. Its time for me to start walking early in the morning and take advantage of the early sunshine!
There is only one Grade 4 class at the school. They were my first class to teach each week ~ Mondays at 8:55am. The class never started on time, my time was always short with them, and that was disappointing for us. Despite the time constraints, we always managed to have a fun class.
There is so much potential for the brilliant minds that are in this class. I could have actual conversations with some of the kids and they were able to understand me and communicate with me.
They were a class of chatters but I still was able to connect with them. They were a tough class to teach some days. Tough in that they were the most distracted of all the classes. Their classroom was in a corner away from the others due to renovations in the school. Their interaction was mostly with each other so it was understandable that they chatted.
They were engaging when I had an interesting game or activity to do, they liked asking me questions about Canada and they also liked giving me a hard time about my minimal Chinese. I did manage to surprise them on occasion with some new Chinese words though! They were very intent on teaching me Chinese!
Some of my favourite lessons with them were Scattegories, Scrambled Sentences, and Charades. The charades was a very rambunctious game that came at a price of a broken ruler (not on one of them ~ on a desk~ oops!!)
I enjoyed the time with them and I can sense that there are going to be a lot of very successful students in that class.
As with all the students I have met and taught at Livon, I will miss these kids very much!! It has been such an amazing experience teaching all these kids.