Saturday, January 18, 2014
Celebrate Good Times, Come On! - 1/18
Each Saturday Ruth Ayres invites us to share and celebrate events from our week. Looking for small celebrations has certainly improved my outlook on my week. For that, I am certainly grateful to Ruth and to all of you who choose to celebrate with us.
This week my celebrations revolve around One Little Word.
This morning as I was getting ready to post my short celebration, I received a tweet from a writer I nominated for the Sunshine Award. After reading her message, I decided to add another celebration to my week.
Over Christmas break, I was nominated for the Sunshine Award. I was very much surprised and honored by those who thought about me. It came time to write my post and nominate the 11 blogs. Because many of the writers who inspired me had already been nominated, (many cases more than once) I decided to take a different approach.
My one little word for 2014 is REACH. When I first started blogging, I was amazed at the people who reached out to me and helped me get started and encouraged me to continue. While I was trying to decide who I was going to nominate, I remembered reading a few slices at Two Writing Teachers about new bloggers or bloggers who had been away for while and desired to write again. I decided to reach out to those writers.
It must have worked because some of the people I nominated have thanked me and told me the nomination was just what they needed to inspire or encourage them so share their words. If you get a chance, stop by their blogs and read what they have to say.
Today, I celebrate reaching out and having the courage to share words.
My class chose their own one little word this week. I was very impressed by their thinking and expressing their thoughts in words in their blog posts. They decorated cards with their word and we will put these up on our door as a reminder of our goals for the rest of the year. Some of their words were: believe, patience, challenge, play, listen, respect, focus, and reach. But the one that is the most dear to my heart is the student who chose the word "hope."
A few weeks after school started last fall, this student's father took his own life. My student was the one who found him. Losing a parent is hard enough as it is, but to lose one under these circumstances and as a ten year old little boy was heart wrenching.
It has been a long, tough road for him. He has missed a lot of school while trying to work this out for himself and as a family. Since we have come back after Christmas, he has been smiling and laughing, and he has been at school every single day!
When he showed me his word, hope, I was close to tears. It gave me hope that he is on his way to healing. On his blog post he said, "You need hope to do things that you have not been able to do in the past."
That is a celebration for my heart!
Have a great week and may you be blessed with many reasons to celebrate!