Thursday, October 26, 2006

I Love Pumpkins!

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins....I love pumpkins. I'll admit...I'm greedy. We can never have too many pumpkins this time of year. Right now on the front porch, there are 10. There are at least 3 in the house as decoration. And I'm planning on taking some to school for my students.

Ah, my students. Today was my first day back after 3 days of illness. They greeted me warmly. They challenged me, but our morning hummed along successfully. I was patting myself on the back right and left....all they needed was ME, back in command, to guide them down the path of knowledge. I had a purpose, I was the one true queen of educating these children.

And then the afternoon unraveled like a sweater, only much more painfully and a lot faster. They brought me back to reality and oh, so, humbly. I only have 5 students and the reason for that is they all have emotional and behavior disabilities. And they trotted every single emotional and/or behavior problem in their little arsenals. I was in not one, not two, not three, but four assists from lunch until dismissal. The need for assist is defined, in part, by the student exhibiting behaviors which may cause him to harm himself or others. Like throwing a shoe at another student. Like banging his head in frustration so hard on the desk that you are surprised it isn't cracked (the desk or the head). Like kicking a desk. Like climbing on a desk.

Don't get me wrong. I'm used to this kind of behavior. But all of it? On my first day back? Lordy, lordy, there must be an easier way to make money! (laugh) But at least tomorrow is Friday....thank you, God!!!!

For all of you weekday-only bloggers, say a prayer for Daniel's football team on Sunday at 3. It's the 2nd playoff game and if they win, they play in the Toy Bowl (the big enchilada)! But the game is against the best team in the league....the team that beat them 47 to 12. But they say they're ready, they're hungry for revenge, they're tough....they're animals out for a kill!!!! (sorry, got a little caught up there, in all that tough, he-man football spirit)

I am feeling better, but still tired. I didn't even take a nap after school, although I sorely needed one. I seem to be firmly on the road to recovery. Truth be told, I'm a little down tonight. But that's another story. Thanks to Redneck Nerdboy for the tip, coupled with KittyKat's suggestions, on how to fix my sidebar problem. What do you know? It worked! Imagine ol'Nerdboy knowing somethin' like that!


Yorksdevil said...

What's that in GMT?

HoosierGirl5 said...

I'm not that smart, york!!! my kids have killed all my smarty brain cells! I live in southern Indiana, and I know we're on the same time as New York City!
Just pray all day! (smile)

Redneck Nerdboy! said...

You're welcome for the tip, though credit should indeed go strictly to Kitty Kat! I simply agreed with her!

Okay, to answer the question Yorksdevil asked you, honey... you, Hoosiergirl, are five hours behind Yorksdevil. So if it were five o'clock in England, you'd be eating lunch at noon.

I think. Try this:


sunShine said...

Sorry your first afternoon back went so awful. Hopefully today will be better. I will be praying for the football team this weekend. Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

Your kids gave you so many assist opportunities to make up for missed time, perhaps?

Good luck to your son in his football game. On any given day, you just might be better than the other team.

Kristi said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better, but whew! What a day you had. I hope you have a relaxing weekend, and good luck to your son in his game.

PS: if you're a fan of eating pumpkin as well as decorating with them, you might want to check out a little contest I'm running on my blog: