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Failure and Gratitude and Christmas Spirit

Posted on December 28th, 2015

Hey, lovely Di-hards. And hi, li’l blog. I’ve missed you all. It’s hard to believe that not only has half of November come and gone since I last wrote, but Christmas has too. There are many who would tell me not to beat myself up about absolutely crashing and burning in the middle of NaBloPoMo, and while […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 19: Questions excellentes

Posted on November 19th, 2015

Today at school, we talked a little bit about Paris. I showed my Grade 4s and 5s that little boy and his dad – not just because the vocabulary (très, méchant, gentil, fleurs, maison, etc.) is right on point, but because when they see a child, they instinctively relate. Two days a week, I have […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 18: Funk & Flowers

Posted on November 18th, 2015

I haven’t been sleeping well, so today was one of those tired, foggy, grumpy days where it’s an effort to muster the teaching energy. Still, so many things to be thankful for. Today I’m grateful for: Having both my sisters, if just for a few minutes, together with me for coffee this morning. Noticing that E […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 17: Grateful for #LoveOverFear

Posted on November 17th, 2015

Yesterday, after a weekend of global shock and grief and feverish discussion over the Paris attacks, a Toronto woman was attacked from behind by two men while on her way to pick up her children at school. They pulled violently on her head scarf, took her down and beat her up. They accused her of being […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 12: Teachers

Posted on November 12th, 2015

I am what they call a “planning teacher,” which means I am always teaching the students from other people’s homerooms, when their regular classroom teacher is doing his or her planning. At the moment, I work with four different groups of students in Grades 4 to 6. This job means that I get a unique […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 11: Thought, Empathy, Peace

Posted on November 11th, 2015

Today I’ve been grateful for the teachers who put together our school’s Remembrance Day assembly. They made the effort to be thoughtful, to include the past and the present, to respect without glorifying, and to make peace the focus. I’m grateful for the students who obviously have pondered the discussions that happen on Remembrance Day, who […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 10: Walking

Posted on November 10th, 2015

Today, I’m grateful for the ability and opportunities to walk. This morning was one of those mornings I’m not proud of, as a parent. I woke up at the normal time. AB, as has become her custom, came into my bed right around the same time, and we had a really nice little snuggle. When […]

An Ode To My Old House, Now That We Have Parted – #NaBloPoMo, Day 8-9

Posted on November 9th, 2015

{I’m cheating and calling this blog post two days’ worth (because who’s gonna stop me?): Day 8, I’m grateful for my new house… and Day 9, I’m grateful for my old house.} Dear Old House, I know we are done forever. I know you are now spending your time with other people, taking care of […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 7: Sixty Percent

Posted on November 7th, 2015

Here’s a Saturday post, sneakily written on Sunday and backdated to Saturday. Heh. This gratitudinous moment is for my part-time status at work, something I’m actually actively thankful for every day. I work 60% of a full-time contract at my school, which means I have two full days, two half-days, and one day off per […]

#NaBloPoMo, Day 6: Antibiotics

Posted on November 6th, 2015

Today’s official gratitude is for antibiotics, and for the medical system we benefit from. Last week, E’s foot was hurting. Not such a rare thing. Then after he persisted complaining, we looked at it, and it had a puffy red patch. It was clearly hurting him to press on it, and he was starting to limp […]