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Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 3:40 PM


Here's my question for you today:

What are you doing today to make this world a better place when you leave it?

As for me, I hope the love and guidance I'm giving my grandchildren today will pay off big dividends in the future. I'd also like to think that the work I do with animals will leave this world a little more humane place for humans and animals.

M48ortal  (Level: 262.0 - Posts: 3830)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 3:48 PM

I think it was Christa McAuliffe who said, "I touch the future, I teach."

That has always been an inspiration to me. I feel that as long as one of my students is alive, I will still be having an influence. Or hopefully, since many of my students became teachers, I can continue to have a second-hand, third-hand, etc. impact until the line runs out.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 5:11 PM

Have I told you how my bratty 8th graders from last year have come into 9th grade as young men, respectful, admirable, dependable?

I wish I could take credit!! But if nothing I did worked last year, maybe just not having to be around me this summer was enough to shape them up!!!

(However, I kind of suspect it's being in an orchestra wish seniors keeping the lid on their immaturity that does it!)

M48ortal  (Level: 262.0 - Posts: 3830)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 5:40 PM

They've gone from being 'King of the Hill' in middle school to 'lowest of the low' in high school. If they were star athletes instead of musicians, they might have been able to carry some of the swagger over. Musicians rank only slightly higher than class nerd. I have two nephews going into high school this year. True geeks (said their uncle, adjusting his pocket protector). I told this on another thread, but my advice to them was simple, "Beware the swirly, and the wedgie."

They do grow up, but slowly. Once upon a time, a student that I had caught smoking pot put sugar in my gas tank and I had to pay for an engine rebuild. I met him 20 years later, and he was a fundamentalist minister. I was tempted to ask him if the Lord had moved him to repay me for the damage, but figured he'd suffered enough.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 6:06 PM

I would like to think that I help my family everyday. I try to be as nurturing as possible I live with my daughter and I am very close with my other daughter who lives nearby. We are an extremely tight knit family and I adore my grand daughters. I am so very grateful and blessed to be in their lives everyday. When my grand daughters cries in the middle of the nite for me I know that I am truly blessed and I have done something good and worthwhile.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 6:11 PM

I vote.

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 6:19 PM

Knowing that is was possible that I would meet young children in the cancer ward, as I have before, prior to coming this time, I bought 10 new coloring books and 10 boxes of crayons. Well about 45 minutes ago, I gave out 3 sets. These 3 children gleamed over a small coloring book and crayons of their own to keep. The smiles on their dear small faces were priceless. I know I made today a bit happier for 3 small people. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to do that.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 6:21 PM

F5laur, you brought a tear to my eyes with your post. What a simple thing and yet so magnificent act of compassion and love. Bless you!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 7:47 PM

Michael, actually, one of the guys is a football player and the other basketball. Almost all my orch kids are outstanding in sports too (I have the usual, plus tennis, wrestling, and swimming).

They seem to be well-rounded kids. AND they're impressing me more and more every day. I really wish 9th grade was back with 8th grade in junior high. I'm no fan of the middle school philosophy.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.4 - Posts: 5651)
Sat, 26th Sep '09 8:24 PM

Trying to raise my boys to be thoughtful, caring human beings. And by working in the schools trying to help other kids do the same...

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