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I love this blog. You can always find a way to extend some kindness .

Penny Pinching Peach

Normally I wouldn’t re-post any of my ancient writings, and I thought of revamping this one and updating it. After reading it over and thinking on it a bit, though, I think acts of random kindness are never outdated, and this particular writing is better in context.

I originally wrote just to share with my friends only seven months after my mom passed away. She diagnosed with lung cancer (as a non-smoker) on October 19, 2006 and passed away December 20, 2006. She was only 44 years old when she died, and her 51st birthday would’ve been this month. In her honor, I’m sharing this, and intending to renew my vow to do little “acts of random kindness”. Feel free to share your own thoughts and feelings on the topic…

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Discovered this by accident. Love the show, and this blog post is incredibly insightful! We all need a Freddy in our lives.

My Truant Pen

Time Bandit in heavy seas

I am one of millions of Americans who love the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch. For those of you who are not familiar with it, it’s a show about Bering Sea Crab fishermen. It follows five boats over two fishing seasons a year (King Crab and Opies). It is a show about a grueling, heart-breaking, back-breaking, fraught and dangerous life perched on the icy deck of a lonely boat on the southern edges of the arctic.

On my bad days, I watch it to remind myself of how good I have it. Most of the time, though, I watch it to keep me company while I do the laundry. I did about 5 hours of laundry in the last four days, and finished up through season 7. Now, I work in software. You can hardly get farther from the Bering Sea than my comfy cube in Boston’s “Innovation District”…

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We are now into May. Usually at this time of the year, I’m writing final exams and study guides, starting to pack up my classroom,  and whizzing through The Odyssey at lightspeed.

I’m reminded that middle school is a totally different animal.

I received my end of the year packet at faculty meeting yesterday.  No final exam checklists this year. An awards ceremony tonight, hush day on Friday,  the green dot project and on and on. My lunchbreak was spent laminating 400 index cards for 8th grade Ceremony (don’t call it graduation!) During the vocabulary quiz in last block, I started tallying for failure cards. Next week we’ll receive LEAP scores and I pray my kids all get thin envelopes.  And on the 31st, I’ll track down all the signatures for checkout.

Who knew it would be so complicated?  So much involved in closing a year of school?

And I reflect on the years past, the students whose lives I’ve touched and those I still talk to. Which of these 80+ kids did I affect? How many of them will remember me later on? And how will they remember me? Am I the bitch who didn’t teach them anything? Or the teacher who showed them how far they can go? With this bunch, I’m not sure.

This feels like the longest year of my life. I’ve been through a lot of changes, both personally and professionally. I’m ready for it to be over.  But already I dread August.

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