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Monday, July 20, 2009

There's Always Ice Cream!

We went from a long wet, cool spring (unusual for us) to a blistering hot summer this month! We were trying to enjoy a family birthday barbecue this past Saturday (it was 102!) and one of my grandchildren reminded me that when it is hot outside there is always ice cream (she wishes).
That reminds me of the promises of life. When I graduate from college I can... When I finish this school year, I can rejuvenate... When I train him out of diapers, I can... Lots of expectations when certain journeys seem complete. I think we adults tend to concentrate on the end reward without enjoying the journey. However, it may help us weather the journey. I was complaining about the cold and rain in June, so I should enjoy my 102!
On the flip side of this issue are the children. Not knowing what the end result will be, they are alive in the moment. I was discussing inappropriate classrooms last week with my class. I was struck by how uncomfortable some teachers make classroom settings. Since children don't seem to worry about the end result (I can be free of this mean teacher at the end of the year...) they are stuck in the moment. It makes me very sad for the children in classrooms that are always so negative. I would assume it is a feeling of being trapped in a cage. Their situation is much more uncomfortable than 102.
I wish I could find all those children and give them ice cream.


At 9:29 PM, Blogger Erin said...

You captured so well how I feel about negative classrooms. What a shame for children to face that environment day in and day out. Thanks for the reflection.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger ABCDH said...

Hello, I found your post through my friend, Erin.
My little 4 year old had a preschool teacher that yelled at them and made them lay on their backs if the classroom got out of control and you made me realize just how she probably felt at the time.
Also, I will remember this when I am crabby too :-)

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous Micheal said...

She's So cute!

At 11:27 PM, Anonymous MTEL test said...

Some people are really very crazy about ice-cream and mostly girls.


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