This snowfall in 2011 has really wreaked some havoc on my daily schedule, but in keeping with my Ranch Hand Guide for 2011, I’m just going with the flow. I took advantage of a snow day last week by cleaning and reorganizing my craft closet. This of course, affected other closets in my home, but I found some words that made me smile.
By “cleaning” I mean I dumped items out onto the floor and separated them into one of three piles: estate sale, burn pile, and trash. If I could justify keeping it, I put it in a container and moved on. Eventually, I made my way upstairs and started going through my folder from all of my years of teaching. I took a little time to reorganize my work history, and then I opened a file folder that I had named “Love Letters.”
I remember making that folder.
This folder holds my motivation for going to work every day. I am a teacher. We are up against scrutiny from every direction, but every once in a while we make a difference. Even less often, someone thanks us for it. Even less often than that, someone actually writes a note expressing his or her gratitude. Those notes from parents and students written to me expressing some kind of thanks for something I did for them are in that folder.
I read every one.
The topics of the notes had nothing to do with the subject I taught at the time. Parents wrote about getting their kids through “a difficult” year; students wrote about getting them through “a difficult” year. Neither group mentioned a noun, verb, or essay.
I needed to be reminded of that.Continue reading Meanwhile, Back at The Ranch: Some Days Words Are Enough