I am feeling the blog love because SuKnitWitty sent me a goody in the mail! Look at how dear she is! I love the spool-y bell pull she made for me. Jeff hung it on the lamp. It's so cute! Sue knows I love Raggedy Ann and now I have another book! Woo hoo! Also, she sent me a magnet (a tiny one!) from the great state of Texas, so I put it on my new refrigerator! Yahoo! She made me some adorable Pom Pom charms and sent me cute buttons that I will love sewing on random things. She wanted to encourage me concerning school and wish me an early happy birthday. What a queen she is, that SuKnitWitty! I adore my blog friends. You are all unbelievably supportive and giving. I cherish your words and your attention. When I tell non-bloggers about the world of blogs, they just don't get it. They don't know what they are missing!
Because it's the weekend! (ahhhhh!) I took a leisurely stroll around the flower beds this morning. Things are looking tangled and I love that!
Last night I watched Slumdog Millionaire. Wow. I know that some children really do live like that in India. When I was in Cambodia last summer and we stopped to get gas in the motorcycle, a little girl came up to me begging. I gave her the USA dollar I had and she looked at it funny, of course. I felt bad for a long time after that, wishing I'd had a handful of Cambodian money to give her. I realized that survival is an amazing and vast idea. All the books we assigned the kids for summer reading have to do with survival - children trying to survive. I think instead of just giving the essay test, we need to talk about how survival relates to leadership. Leadership is a consideration when our needs are met. We can't assume our students needs are met and saying our theme for the year is leadership may be a bit presumptuous. I have to do some more thinking on this. What do you think? How do we teach kids compassion and what is a leader anyway?