If we were having coffee…I would welcome you to a dreary New Jersey afternoon. The rain today has been on and off, just as the weather people predicted and the cloud cover is about ten layers thick. Sounds like an excellent day to curl up with a cup of something hot and have a chat with a friend.
How has your week been? Did you have good weather? Did you hang out with friends or family? Have you had any life events, good or bad? I hope you’ve had a sufficient number of smiles and laughs in your week. I know sometimes that’s hard to accomplish, but it also makes all the difference.
If we were having coffee…I would tell you that my week at school has mostly revolved around preparing our classroom and our students for the testing that will be starting on Monday. That being said, I think that I’ll skip any further mention of the subject lest I veer off into a tangent. Sufficient to say that I am sad for the children who are dreading this interruption and for the teachers who will need to work their real lessons around this testing for the next month. Ick.
On a brighter note, I want to tell you about Martin. Martin is a second grader who recently came to us frustrated and unhappy and who has, in the last month, soared to heights that he never knew he could. Basically, he’s the kind of student that makes me love my job. Anyway, Martin has a habit of randomly throwing questions at me while we’re working….
“Mrs D, what’s your favorite movie? What kind of dogs do you like? If you could fly, where would you go?”
Stuff like that. Yesterday he said, “Mrs D, what’s your favorite song?” Since I have a lot of favorite songs depending on the day, I just responding by saying,
“I’m not sure. What’s your favorite song?”
“Well,” says Martin, “I like a lot of songs from ‘Nirvana’ but mostly I like the ‘Beatles,’ especially their ‘White’ album.” Then he went back to gluing his spelling words onto his work sheet. I swear this kid makes my day. I can’t wait to hear his next question!
If we were having coffee…you would have noticed that we were joined for a bit by my mother-in-law, the amazing M.J. who was out running some errands and just stopped by to drop off some cash for Miss Dee. We have begun our prom dress shopping and M.J. insists on contributing each year. My kids really have great grandparents and Miss Dee, being the only girl, tends to get spoiled a bit. My daughter, like myself is rather
cheap frugal, and never takes these gifts or their generous nature for granted so she will truly appreciate it and, of course, will call her grandmother to thank her after she gets home from work.
Speaking of that, you may have noticed that my house is rather quiet today. Shh!….Hear it?….silence. Miss Dee is working till 5:00 and the Hubby and Mr D are at an afternoon Philadelphia Flyers game and won’t be home till dinner. I was just saying to M.J. (as I’m sure you heard :),) that there was a time when the children were young that I could count on one hand the number of times I was actually alone in the house. It was a big deal and I usually got really excited about it. Now, the times they are a changin’ and I find that more and more there is no one home but me. Hubby and I have also been doing a lot of “just couple” stuff again., which is very nice but also a little strange. I see an empty nest in our near future. Oh, boy. Time to suck it up and adjust.
If we were having coffee….I might notice that the afternoon has run away without me while we were enjoying ourselves. I’m sure there are many other things that I should be doing like getting together some information for my “A to Z Challenge” or even vacuuming the cat hair off the sofa, so I suppose we should rinse out our mugs and put them on the drainer till next time.
Thanks so much for stopping by and, as you know, this post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by the wonderful Diana at Part Time Monster. Be sure to stop by to see what everyone else has been up to.