Friday, January 22, 2010

Anne and Lovely

"It's difficult in times like these. Ideals, dreams, and cherished hopes rise within us only to be crushed by grim reality. It's astonishing that I haven't abandoned all my ideals. They seem so absurd and impractical. And yet I cling to them because I still believe that in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart." ~ Anne Frank

We're watching the Anne Frank ABC miniseries at school. The students are captivated. Yesterday we looked at Picasso's Guernica and Remedy's Never Again. I had Anne's picture up on the screen, looking at them from decades ago, a girl their age who wrote in her simple diary. They're quite taken with Anne, these jean clad teenagers. They want to know her. I think THEY ARE good at heart.

And the world is resilient and strong. The rock we live on is sturdy ground for us right now. It brings forth miraculous beauty.

Color delights us!

Stones remind us of forever!

Winter wraps her white arms around us with a promise of summer!

And we can buy tulips at the grocery store! Yahoo!
I am off to my neighborhood market to buy donuts for third period (I had my observation yesterday and THEY WERE ANGEL PIES!) and something good for my reading and writing class, too. I shall buy gummy worms for prizes when we do work with strong verbs (sound fun?) and a pink cake mix because I've been itching to make a pink cake (I think it's Sue's birthday and Flavia's birthday that got me thinking about pink cake!) I shall skip off to school. Last night was parent-teacher conferences until 8:00 pm. I was pooped and tired of talk, talk, talk. Today I am agile and calm again. Ah, sweet restoration! A miracle of life!
Can you come back for Pink Saturday tomorrow? I may have a big piece of pink cake for you, my friends!
I'd like to share something very special with you. My niece's blog today - so good, so sound.


Gigi said...

Gosh Pom, it can really be a little difficult believing people are 'truly good at heart' when you're teaching teenagers ;-), but you surely find that good and bring it out in them! You're a goodness magnet.
And donuts? Good for you! Our silly school systems here forbid food in school -- might be too enjoyable I guess -- mustn't have too much fun in school, you know ;-(?

Deborah said...

What an awesome teacher you are! I see lots of pink in today's post already! A pink cake sounds delicious!


GretchenJoanna said...

You must be the best person in the world to teach that age. They need your balancing good will and hope and joy.

libbyquilter said...

love love LOVE the Anne Frank quote~!!~ and i'm all on board for some pink cake tomorrow~!!~


Baley Petersen said...

How well I recall studying dear Anne in middle school. She captivated me, as well. I thought that she was the bravest person of all time.

scrappy quilter said...

It's always so fun to come to your blog. Wish you had been my teacher when I was going to school. Hugs

Gumbo Lily said...

I wish I could be in your class! Yay Teacher!!!


The Mud Spattered Man said...

I love your picture of the stones and the word, they will be here for much longer than us.

Kari of Writing Up A Storm said...

Thank you so much for reminding us of Anne Frank and her words in the face of such darkness. I treasured my copy of her diary when I was just her age, trying to comprehend the whole of it. Trying to have her good heart. As I read your blog each day, I think more and more about how lucky your students are to have you for their teacher. Walking into your classroom must be like walking into a home away from home. Your pink cake will have me smiling all day! xo Kari

Kari of Writing Up A Storm said...

I want to add something more: I have to confess that I bribed my class with sweets if they behaved during observations! I dreaded those observations as if I were going before a firing squad, and honestly, the kids were always so good. I really don't think they needed the promise of a treat, but we all enjoyed a candy bar or a cupcake afterwards. Oh, what would we do without a little bit of sugar in the world?? xo Kari