Top of the morning, Everyone. Grab your coffee. It’s been a whirlwind week!
It’s been a week of celebrating green and Irish traditions. The song, McNamara’s Band, loops in my head. I can’t help but smile when thinking back on my Kindergarten students’ version of an Irish jig. Stories of leprechauns and other folklore, crafting leprechaun hats in art, and filling in the shamrock number bonds kept the theme alive for almost two weeks. It’s a wonder that report cards, IEP updates, and assessments were completed on time.
Yesterday it all culminated with the K-Kids performing their song and dance for the whole school. The older students clapped along remembering their turn as K-kids and McNamara’s Band.
But the excitement did not end there. Lucky the Leprechaun came to the Kindergarten classroom and did his usual mischief. He locked the door so that our usually taciturn custodian had to be called to unstuck the door. He pulled out a note from Lucky. Lucky thanked the K-kids for letting him play in their classroom. He so wished he could go to school and learn to spell and do math like the K-kids. For their kindness, he left a “pot o’ gold” for the children to find.
The door was open to chairs on tables, foam letters on the floor, and misplaced books and crayons. Shamrocks were painted on the tables and “Hi!” was painted on the bathroom mirror. In Lucky’s haste, drops of green paint fell into the toilet. It was quite exciting seeing green water in the toilet. There were little footprints smudged on the window ledge. The K-kids decided that Lucky escaped through the slightly opened window. The “pot o’ gold” was finally found under a chair.
What an exciting morning! My lead teacher has been doing this magical day forever. It is part of the RSE traditions. My youngest daughter, now 30, has fond memories of this important year with Mrs. J.
In other news I received a glowing review of Hug Everyone You Know from Donna Connolly She was a winner in the Hugfest Challenge in January and received a copy of my book. Her blog, Retirement Reflections, is so inspiring and worth a visit.
My class, Journaling the Journey, was canceled due to lack of enrollment. It’s really OK. The warming weather inspires a list of upcoming yard, and boat chores and the Blogging A-Z Challenge will soon need focused attention. I will need to rethink my ambitions of teaching adults face to face. Anyone have thoughts and/or suggestions on teaching online?
This weekend my sister and brother-in-law are visiting. I am hosting dinner on Saturday with my siblings and cousins. It will be an Irish fare with corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and an apple crisp. My other sisters are filling in appetizer and libation gaps. I’m anticipating a lot of laughs and great stories.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.