Saturday, March 3, 2012

With Gratitude

It's been a reflective two days.
I am BEYOND APPRECIATIVE of your sweet, kind, heart-warming thoughts.
Blogging--and blog responding--is a lot like therapy (except you don't have to rehash your earliest childhood memories--and you get to choose where to start the conversation!)

I think I am "stuck" at school (I'm working this hard and they are STILL failing?!), so it spilled over into my sentiments about blogging too.

I have read lots of blogversations in the last year. It really is an "anything goes" friends-will-like-you-anyways kind of interaction.  That's one of the many reasons blogging is so wonderful!

And I do (now!) recall reading posts from a few other people questioning whether blogging was worth the time and trouble at that particular time in their lives.So at least I wasn't alone in the questioning and the self-doubt. (Certainly makes me more sensitive to those who experience this!)

I really do want to get better at this--which won't happen if I quit trying.

So here's what I would like to try to do...
I tried to take pieces of your advice and weave them together to readjust my thinking a bit.
I want to let myself off the hook a bit and let boring posts be boring posts. I want to blog more often but make it less stressful (Sounds a bit more oxymoronic, but I think it might work.)  My goal is to post a few times a week--but mostly real-life stuff... the stuff teachers live each day.

HOWEVER, I have one ultimate request.  If you are one of the people who left a message (until
I have a chance to get back to you personally), please KNOW your responses felt like sweet hugs.  Each note warmed my heart like a venti mocha WITH whip... until I felt like I owned a Starbucks franchise.

Ahhhhhhh. Such JOY.

So along with my can't-even-tell-you-how-much-it-meant THANKS, I leave you this interaction from the line after recess yesterday.


Brian:  Nathan kicked me

FrazzledTeacher: Nathan, did you kick Brian?
Nathan: No, I didn't kick him.
FrazzledTeacher: Really?  He said you kicked him.
Nathan: No, I didn't kick him
FrazzledTeacher: Hmmm. Can you think of a reason why he said that you did?
Nathan: I didn't kick him.
FrazzledTeacher: Okay. What did you choose to do at recess today?
Nathan: Well, we were hanging out like always, and we were kicking each oth...
FrazzledTeacher: Oh. So you did kick him?
Nathan: No, I didn't kick him
FrazzledTeacher: But you just said...
Nathan: He kicked me and then my foot...
FrazzledTeacher: Uh huh... then what?
Nathan: I didn't kick him. My foot was moving and he was in the way.
FrazzledTeacher: Sigh. We'll talk more about this later. In the meantime, please keep your moving foot away from others...
Nathan (mumbling under his breath): I didn't kick him...

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  1. Yeah!!!! So happy you're feeling better and glad you're going to continue blogging:) Hugs and happiness to you!!!

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. Yay!!! I am glad that you have decided to continue your blogging journey. You have so much to offer this world we call teaching :)

    Teaching in Room 6

  3. It is time to do the happy dance! You are staying!!!!!

    Frazzled teacher comment: I have had those same exact conversations. Semantics... they are only your friend when you are the one using them!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  4. He didn't do it . . . seriously! That's funny.

    YAY - I'm glad you're back in the groove and feeling some peace about your 'blogdentity' - you're among friends, my friend!!


  5. Love this! And you could never be boring. Teachers love teacher stories. You saw my last two posts, right? Absolutely nothing to do with teaching. I sat down to write and that's what came out. I actually never know. So just stick with me, friend, and we'll make it work!! :)
    As I drink my coffee, I lift it up to you and say, "CHEERS!"
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. YAY!!! I was SO HAPPY when I saw your newest post at the top of my blog roll! The whole "I didn't kick him" conversation reminds me of EVERY DAY at my house ... ... not to mention every day at school .
    We're snowed in today ... looking forward to a relaxing day - and maybe marking some math tests ... maybe.



  7. Glad you are going to still blog! Like I said, we'd miss you. I'd miss you!

    Don't you love those kiddo conversations? I have those too. Like on Tuesday, except for kicking, mine was pushing. And it went pretty much the same way *sigh*

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  8. Yay Kim!!! I was so happy when I read this! I look forward to anything you will write in the future. :)

    Your signature came out beautifully, I love KPM Doodles!

  9. Hahaha That is why my second question is always, "Did your foot touch him?" Because we seem to disagree on the meaning of 'kick'. lol
    And glad you're coming up out of the dumps lol - we all do it sometimes. I feel the same exact way, "I'm working THIS hard and they're STILL failing?!" I don't know how it's possible, but it is.
    Buzzing with Ms. B

  10. I'm glad you got your blogging groove back! I am just starting out with blogging and your blog is one of the reasons. On another note - I had a similar conversation with a sixth grader yesterday surrounding an elbow and a face. Apparently the face hit the elbow...not the other way around! Gotta love them!

  11. YAY! :) I can't wait to read more!

  12. Yey for us!!! I can't imagine loosing you!!! You're my bloggy BFF!!!! We ALL have down {and a few ups}

    I gave you and you fab. blog an award!!!
    Come grab it

    p.s. I like the flower signature mucho!

    Love ya!!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

  13. I just awarded you something on my blog. Head on over to check it out.


    Fun in Room 4B

  14. So glad you are continuing with your blog Kim!! I totally sympathize with you on the posting! Its hard to weave it into the schedule! Hang in there!!! YOU offer so much and I am so grateful for your kind words all the time!!!

  15. So glad you are feeling better about all this!! So VERY glad you plan to keep blogging!!!! Your post made me smile!

  16. Don't want to add to your list but...had to give ya an award cuz I love ya!!!

    I love your blog and gave it an award:) Pop by to check it out:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  17. I was reading both of your last posts and I know exactly how you feel. I wonder if anyone will actually read what I write and I think I am not good enough to even be blogging. But for me, it is an outlet, a place to say what I need to say. Sometimes a few people read it, sometimes not. I know I am not as cute as many other blogs, but I do what I can. And that's all anyone can ask. So keep doing what you're doing, and don't worry about anyone else. Because you really do have lots of people cheering for you.

  18. Dear Gretehewnsoeisnes, (guhtheriyle's great aunt) I am so glad you are feeling better!
    Love ya!

  19. I appreciate your thoughts on all of this. I worry about many of the same things that you do, but I continue to push on...I think blogging has THAT much to offer. Good luck to you.

    Lifelong Learning

  20. haha, sorry to hear you had a frazzled Friday! I think something was in the air Friday!!? hope you are having a nice relaxing weekend! enjoy this gorgeous weather:)

  21. I gave you an award for your great blog! Come by and check it out!
    Buzzing with Ms. B

  22. Love your story about the boy "not kicking" :) I'm the newest follower of your blog, a student teacher starting my very first grade six practicum placement in a month! I've found so many amazing ideas from your blog! I would love it if you could follow me back at: http://www. Thanks!


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