Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Feeling Good

Some days are just good days because of a series of events. Today was such a day.

I got to school a little early to set up the room for the TAKS test I would be giving to 5 students. I was greeted with a big hug from one of the first grade students. Now I know Atatee gives big hugs to any teacher he meets in the hall, but it was nice to be greeted like that on my official last day at work.

Then during opening assembly when Mrs. S called for anyone having a birthday today to come forward no one did, but she wasn't satisfied with that, oh no, she called me to come forward because my birthday isn't until next week and I wouldn't be there so she felt it necessary to have the assembled school body there to sing to me. It was wonderful and I loved her remark, which also made me feel good. She challenged them to sing Happy Birthday and out happy me.You can imagine the clapping and shouting of the song as they sang our schools version. We don't sing the traditional song --- happy happy birthday, happy happy birthday, happy happy birthday, happy happy birthday, happy happy birthday, happy happy bithday, happy happy birthday to you you you you YOU WHEEEEE!

I had lunch with my five students (required to keep them from talking about the test --- like they would) and while we were eating a couple of the girls commented that this test seemed easier than the first one. I had to change the subject right quick --- but felt good inside because if it seemed easier then they must have gotten something from the 5 days of intense tutoring I had done with them. Yeah.

After lunch I was given a bithday surprise. Seems a friend had brought birthday cup-cakes for me (and my little group) to enjoy at our afternoon break. I think it was the thing that kept them working hard and hopefully doing well. And the number 59 written in candles which went unlit
made everyone smile.

Oh, the best part of the day was walking out know that I don't have to walk back in until next fall about six weeks after everyone else. What could be better?????

Such was my good day. Simple things that make you feel good.

Something else that makes me feel good. Sharing ice cream with Abby and now Abby and Ben. This was taken on a trip to Corpus Christie with Abby's family in 2005

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