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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Celebrate


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Thanks to Ruth for starting this Celebrate blog share.  It really does help me "stop and think" about my life.

One: I gathered around my well worn table the other day with my family to celebrate the the endless gifts we have been given.  My children brought significant others and my mom found strength to join us.  Our meal included old favorites like pumpkin pie and new harvest traditions like kale.  I felt the connection of families through the ages as we intermingled hope, love, new ideas and old traditions.

Two: As I prepared for Thanksgiving, I was grateful  that over the years, I have found ways to make holiday planning and execution not so stressful. It's never perfect and I am sure there are many who would not settle for my less than perfect table (table cloth pressed at the cleaners) or my less than perfect meal presentation (some of the kale chips were overdone); yet, I am sure that holidays are about celebrating family and reflection, not about reaching for perfection.  My husband and kids all pitch in these days with shopping, cooking and cleaning up.  It is indeed a cooperative effort of many in the true spirit of the holiday.  I really enjoyed every minute!  

Three: It's the beginning of month four of our school year and we have finished another round of assessments.  Now I have data to prove that even those students who really have struggled are moving along the reading-writing continuum.  I love the miracle of learning to read and know that with the right focused instruction, we can provide all children with that gift.  I get as excited as a kid on Christmas morning when one of my chicks starts to fly as a reader!

I have much to celebrate this week.


8 comments:

elsie said...

I love your perspective, perfection isn't everything. It sounds like it was a great Thanksgiving with your family. Hard to believe nearly half of the year is gone, great news from your assessments.

Amy Rudd said...

Celebrating joy with family and focusing on growth in our chickadees is wonderful! You have much to celebrate Anita!

Leigh Anne said...

Life became so much better when I realized everything didn't have to be perfect! Congrats on your newest round of assessment data.

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

Being with family in a joyful way means not stressing about perfection - and you are so right to recognize this. Much to celebrate!

Carol said...

Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving. I totally agree with you, most of the time, good enough is plenty good! And congratulations on those little guys that are starting to move!

Ramona said...

Love that you celebrated this holiday with everyone pitching in, less stress, and true enjoyment. Congrats on the progress your students are making.

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Terje said...

Enjoying the company of your family and growth of students certainly matter more than perfection. Great celebrations.