Tuesday, November 27, 2012

sols: thank-full

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There were many moments from the long Thanksgiving weekend that I want to capture.  My family had a spectacular visit at my Mom and Dad's house in the country, including some much needed peace and quiet and sleeping in (except for the two and a half year olds running around enjoying exploring Grandma and Grandpa's).  It was time to disconnect from the every day race of life and enjoy the company, delicious food, and the rest the days had to offer.

But today I need the reminder to be thankful.  After a vacation away from home and the usual routine, the day after can be hard.  Monday was hard for many of us.

Keeping patience was hard.  Really hard.  Holding on to it.  Living it.  Believing it.

And then a conversation I had yesterday with a fifth grade teacher, who is currently reading aloud Wonder by RJ Palacio to her class, had me thinking.  We talked about empathy, kindness, understanding.  She shared her thoughts on being thankful . . . looking at the glass half-full and being thankful for what you might not think you should be thankful for.



i am thankful for the demanding tone and whiny attitude
because i know my girls have a voice and strong opinions,
but we'll continue to work on the delivery.

i am thankful for tripping over toys and constantly picking up
dolls, trains, puzzle pieces, cars, tea cups and cupcakes, and books
because i know my girls are learning through play and imagination.

i am thankful for the spilled milk, scattered crumbs, and squished food
because i know it's a spot, an area, an entire floor
that is clean many times throughout the day.

i am thankful for an early alarm buzzing me awake
because i know it's a fresh start to a new day to
remember all that i need to be thankful for in my life.

i am thankful for what appears to be a lack of time and hours in a day
to possibly accomplish all that i think needs to be done
because i know my life is full of many blessings.

What are you thank-full for this day?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

sols: time

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time moves forward
faster than i
can keep up.

calendar pages flip
and early dark 
evenings have arrived.

thanksgiving is here
with family time
near to celebrate. 

december, cold, snow
will arrive with
absolutely no fear.

more family-days
holidays christmas and
new year's eve.

need time
to   s   l   o  w  but
i already know

the busiest time
of year is
now right here.

as best as
we can, let's
savor, remember, write

sit back to
slow down time 
relish the memories.

enjoy this time

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

sols: this is ralph

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I'm feeling a bit like Ralph.
I want to lay on the floor and look for a story.
I wish I could do anything else right now but write.
I need my students to understood that I feel this way too sometimes.
Just like Ralph.  Just like them.

Oh! What? I'm sorry. You don't know who Ralph is? Well, you have to meet him!  

I heard about Ralph on Twitter and Goodreads.  I knew he was out there, but we never really connected.

I was formally introduced to Ralph by Stacey at the Two Writing Teachers blog.  I learned about Ralph's story with some help from Abby.  There was even a little Ralph giveaway, but I didn't win Ralph.

Then Betsy mentioned Ralph on her Teaching Young Writers blog.  I knew I had to get a hold of Ralph.

I continued to check my local library day after day to see if Ralph was visiting, but he never showed up!


I finally clicked the link on my library's website suggesting a purchase and I requested:

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

Within a week, I met Ralph.  And Ralph had me at:

"My teacher always said, 
'Stories are everywhere!'  
And the kids in my class were always finding them.  
But every day at writing time, 
I thought really hard.  
I stared at my paper.  
I stared at the ceiling.  
I could not write a story."

The story of trying (and trying) to write a story is shared to perfection. We all know a Ralph.  Hey, we all have a little "Ralph" in us.  The combination of Ralph's story and the illustrations:  a MUST have addition to your library and a perfect mentor text for any writer!

I was SO excited to share Ralph with a couple colleagues yesterday.  I am thrilled to share Ralph with YOU today.  But I just CAN'T WAIT to share Ralph with my students!

C'mon Ralph!  Let's go tell more stories!


Want even more good news?!? Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon is now $5.00 on Amazon!  What are you waiting for?!?  Go get Ralph and invite him into your classroom and library . . . now!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

sols: a children's prayer

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A little moment from my family blog:

Every night we say prayers on the floor of the girls' bedroom.  P usually sits by Momma.  M wanders and crawls about the room even though every night we ask her to sit still.  (We even tried to tell her that's what God wanted her to do . . . didn't work.)

Tonight was no different.  We folded our hands and began our recited prayer.

"Now I lay me down to sleep . . . "  I peeked open my eyes to watch M.  P whispered to me to close my eyes.

"I pray the Lord our souls to keep . . . "  M pushed her folded hands towards our folded hands, a little game.

"Lord be with us through the night . . ."  M giggled and bounced on her knees.

"And keep us safe till morning bright. God bless . . ."  M tried completing a somersault in the cramped space between us and the cribs.

Daddy finished off the prayer as M continued to move about, unable to sit still.

"Amen."  We said in unison.

"No, I God bless now."  M said.

"God bless Mommy, Daddy, P, and CJ.  The church. All the children at school."

P added, "All the peoples at church and the kids at school."  

And then M jumped right back in with, "All the king's horses and all the king's men." 

We couldn't help but laugh out loud!

Little moments.  Quick to make you smile.  Quick to forget.  
Just write.  Little moments.