Each week when I go to work I know that I have lots of hats to wear. I don't want to get into how I have to be the kids' mom, nurse, counselor, etc. I just want to talk to you about the teacher part. Sort of....
Each week I give my kiddos a vocabulary list. It typically goes with the story of the week. This past week we read the story "Weslandia". It is about a boy named Wesley that is a bit of an outcast in his town and school. He invents his own civilization and calls it Weslandia. It's a pretty fun story that teaches the kids to respect each other's differences and to really be creative in their thinking. One of the vocabulary words was INSPIRED. I told the kids that I absolutely love that word. It is a powerful word that basically means motivated by something or somebody else to do something GOOD.
While trying to help the kids understand the meaning of the word, I kept giving them examples of things that inspire me - art, colors, writing, people, etc. I also tried to explain what I do when I am inspired by one of the things I told them about. It is a hard word to really truly understand. You have to feel it in your soul when you are truly inspired. It is something that pushes you from the inside. It is an amazing feeling. And it got me to thinking...Who inspires me right now?
In addition to writing about her injury and the progress she is making in her recovery, she also writes about her Bucket List on her blog. Through her I have learned that I need to be grateful for each day and to live life to the fullest. Don't take the "little things" in life for granted. I need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to me. It's all about perspective. My prayer for her is that she continues to heal and gain use of her arm and wrist again and that she continues to live her life to the fullest. I also pray that she continues to inspire others, at school, through her blog, and in her life in general.
Aunt Peggy, you inspire me and remind me each time I read your blog just how lucky I am to have you as an inspiration in my life. Not only are you good school teacher, but you are also a great life teacher. I thank you and love you bunches!