Friday, September 26, 2014

Picture Book Heaven - Part One

I returned to school this week to find a great big box of picture books that I had ordered the previous week.

Honestly - what a kid-in-a-candy store feeling!

And what a box full of treats I got this time.

One book that stayed with me the whole week was Trudy Ludwig's The Invisible Boy.

This very sweet, but powerful story asks the question, "which is worse - being laughed at or feeling invisible?"

It just hit me in the gut when I read that line. I substituted Brian's face for many other little faces I have known over the years. The ones who are not loud and sociable. The ones who don't demand to be at the forefront. We are all on the lookout for the child who is treated unfairly - the boy or girl who is laughed at or criticized. But what about those students who seem to take up no space at all? The ones who appear to be drawn in muted shades of grey? The Invisible Boy has reminded me that I have the opportunity and the obligation to make sure that no invisible students enter my library.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Feeling Autumnal

A few short weeks ago, I believed that my ideal reading location involved at least three of the following: sun, sand, water, cold beverage, semi-reclined position. Oh, how fickle I can be.

Although this past weekend found me soaking up every last patio minute of the summer of 2014, I have to admit that I have been feeling down-right autumnal of late. Blame it on the chilly mornings. Or the early setting of the sun. It could even be the arrival of  the Pumpkin Spiced Latte candles and soaps at Bath and Body Works.

In reality, I think it's the Starz production of Outlander that has me all loving the idea of Fall. Costume designer, Terry Dresbach has done such a superb job. I am over the moon for the woolens that Claire wraps around herself  in an effort to protect her from the cold and damp Highland weather - and to just look amazing. Not only am I embracing the idea again of cuddling up with a good book, a hot tea, and a warm blanket, but I am seriously thinking about resurrecting my knitting needles and getting to work on some of these chunky infinity scarves and wrist warmers.

What a way to get over a quickly fading summer.

Friday, September 12, 2014

What's Making Me Happy This Month - September

It's easy to figure out what's making me happy this month.

Back to School!

My inner child is released each September, as I anxiously await the newness, the return to routine, the opportunity to begin again that comes with the start of a new school year. I've never lost the urge to gather and arrange my new school supplies. And luckily, I get to indulge myself every single year.

And, of course, I look forward to seeing how much the students have grown and matured over the summer months. Which ones will run up to me with a hug, asking how my summer was? Who will awkwardly hold back, remembering that they hugged me goodbye in June, but wonder if they are too old for hugs now? What new students will arrive on the first day, needing a friendly face to welcome them to their new school? The squeals of excitement, the constant activity, the looks of wonder and awe, have all been missed these past months.

I remind myself every day how blessed I am to spend my days in a work environment that is full of hope, promise, and laughter.

Back to school is definitely what's making me happy this month.