Years ago, I remember a celebrity stating that children speak the truth as only they know it. How true I have found this to be as I spend hours a week with children. On one occasion I had a small bottle of green tea that normally would hold water at my desk where I help the child with reading or math. Why do you drink green water? Where did you get that kind of water? Will you get sick, is it medicine? When I replied it was green tea, they had no idea. Yesterday I had put on a pretty new shade of red lipstick and sure enough little Terrione looked at me and remarked ” MsMillie why did you paint your lips that color”?
The behavior policy in the classroom is if you are good all day and stay on green, you can go into the treasure box before dismissal. One warning- you are on yellow and after that you are on RED. I can always tell when I come in for the day who is on what color. Some will tell me quietly with a smile, guess what- I am on green and a few with their eyes like puppy dogs mouth I am on yellow.
With my patient voice and smile I tell them how proud I am of their behavior. For the ones with yellow and red I reassure them that I believe they can do better and they are having a bad day. Tomorrow you will do better, right? Yes they reply and sure enough the next day’s report is good. A few weeks back one of the students asked me “MsMillie” were you ever on RED? Yes, I smiled as I recalled my behavior many, many years ago. But- you are always good now- we love you. And I love them no matter what color they are on.
Today, while I was having my nails done, the technician remarked about “how soft my skin was and not wrinkly and dry” as most older people’s skin tends to be. I had heard, you can tell a person’s age by their hands and somehow I had thought, mine did look old. While he massaged the lotion into my fingers and hands I could see how soft it really was and realized the Yoga and Pilates was working its magic on my hands too. Now hopefully it will travel to my face. Here’s to more exercise!!!
Current Mood: Cool
As I sat in the theatre today watching one preview after another waiting for my movie “Atonement” to start, my memory flipped back to 20 plus or so years ago when we would see the “coming attractions”, a few cartoons (we could use a few laughs each day) and the “News of the day”. It is still vivid in my mind seeing those scenes from the Concentration camps, the soldiers wounded. It made me realize we are not showing our youth what is happening in our world, our country. Let them have the “scoop” and let them ponder, perhaps say a prayer – even a sigh of gratitude for what they have. Yes, movies are for our enjoyment and time out, but just a little glimpse of reality couldn’t hurt. The movie Atonement is well worth the wait -bring some tissues as you will be sobbing.
I have come to love my life so much more since I retired four years ago. All of the thirty years that I worked and raised a family was a challenge and so I became a very scheduled person. Each night I had chores delegated with the plan that came Saturday night I would have time to go out and relax.
On Sundays I would cook meals and made doubles so I could freeze a week’s meals and have meals for the coming week. One night I would vacuum and do laundry, another I would iron (before Permanent Press days). Today, I have so much free time that finding enough to keep me busy has me in a dilemma at times. I fill my days with volunteering for the school and the elderly and writing my blog. Some days I have lunch with friends. Nights I can watch my shows and not have to watch the clock. It definitely is liberating but sometimes it gets lonely. I sometimes miss having to prepare a dinner for four or five people. Then I think I will invite some people for dinner and then it is – why? So much easier to meet at a restaurant. My home stays neat and clean and I retired my iron and have lots of hangars to dry my clothes. Life is sweet and relaxing and I am grateful for these calm days and wonder how I did it all of the yesteryear’s.
Current Mood: Cool
Finally made it back to my little ones at school. It seemed like a very long time and it showed in their response as they shouted out “Ms Millie, I missed you – where have you been?” While I was collecting my hugs, I tried explaining that they really deserted me with Christmas and New Years break, “they broke into giggles.” As they settled down my eyes glanced over each one . I could see how they have matured and some appeared taller. A few had teeth missing and some had teeth that were coming in. The girls had their hair in braids instead of pony tails and the boys had crew cuts. All in all. they looked wonderful and I am so happy to be helping them again. I missed them more than they know.