Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Night Draws to a Close

I kind of wish the school year ended in winter.  It’d be more poetic that way.  (Actually, I wish schools were year-round institutions with cascading/rolling admission for students based on their actual age, not their birthday compared to the school year, but that’s another topic entirely).  The school year ends tomorrow.  Most of my grades are done, just a few comments to write basically.  The room needs to be cleaned, and this is where the first real difference arrives:  I get to keep stuff in my room!

The past two years I knew early on that I wouldn’t be staying in the buildings I was placed and so had to load up everything from the room and schlep it home.  Now, my stuff stays in place.  I can even keep my shelves set up.  It’s very nice.

This summer I am going to Montessori training to continue my time at our school.  This is a huge 180 from the beginning of the year when I was set up for interviews outside of teaching entirely.  Now, I have a job that is fairly secure, the security finally depends solely on my actions, and I have a home again.

The most exciting part is to be able to see my students again in the fall.  They’ll be back in my room and already know me.  We’ll have some new kids as well and I’m very excited to bring them into the group.

For now though – the year is almost over.  I’ll have a week off to cram summer with my own Children in and then I’ll leave them for ten weeks.  Thankfully, we live in the future, so I’ll be able to web-chat with them at night and we can still talk to each other.

This year has been tumultuous and many, many things are happening that are hard to deal with here at home (mainly, the loss of the home!) but I am very happy and I really love my life.

Happy Birthday, Mom

Mom would be 64 today.  Her birthday weekend was spent, fittingly, with our family.  Chip and Bobbie came up from Wisconsin for the weekend and we spent yesterday and today together.  Sarah and Nic were along yesterday and a grand time was had by all.  Yesterday was especially hard as we were at Mom’s House – which is also Dad’s House, but now it’s really only Dad’s House, which – while I love my Dad – really sucks.

Today is her birthday and I’m sad about that, but not as sad as I thought.  I was sadder when buying movies with Zachary than being at the house with everyone.  I suppose I’ll hit more bumps along the way, but even though its her birthday I can’t dwell much on it.  I had two beautiful days with my family and had a great time.

No, Mom has been mourned and celebrated.  I will always wish she were here but there is so much life to live still – there’s no time to spend it in sadness.  Mom celebrated life and children and that’s what I do my best at doing.  So, my wonderful days are the latest in a series of events Mom started me down.

I love you, Mom.  Thank you for today.

It’s Almost, like, You Could Do BOTH!

Here’s an article I agree with.

I feel I’m pretty fit to discuss humanities since I obtained an English degree my first round of college.  This article comes pretty close to my opinion on Humanities overall and their slow step aside – an opinion I have trouble articulating normally.

Basically, everyone should learn a lot of math, science, and literature.  It’s called being well-rounded.  The problem from k-12 has often been departmentalization and that’s not okay.  There’s no reason a science teacher shouldn’t be well-versed in some literary tropes and knowledge.  Certainly I think an environmental scientist should be BEST at data collection about biomes, but they probably find a lot of mental reward if they have read Desert Solitaire or Thoreau.

I spy it often in elementary schools – there is a huge emphasis on reading and math.  “Those People” are pushing to set basic literature aside to focus more on non-fiction and opinion.  Gasp!  It’s such a non-issue it drives me crazy people make it an issue.  The kids are still expected to read quality literature, but they are also expected to learn about things like support for opinions and empirical data.

Yeah, there’s a big push to help students be more well-rounded and knowledgeable about all topics before picking one to specialize in.  Villains.

Anyway, I agree with the article.

Father and Son

Zachary and I had a great adventure yesterday!  Since watching King Kong vs Godzilla, the atomic behemoth is all the rage in the Abel household.  Our boy caught wind of a monster from the outer realms called “SpaceGodzilla” and has been begging to see this one ever since.  Trouble is, there’s a dearth of Godzilla DVDs right now.  They are very hard to find, despite the new movie.  Apparently, the studios do not want our money.

Well, Zachary and I heard rumors these arcane blu-rays were available at a store we don’t normally frequent (Hint:  It’s awful, and so are the parking lots) and he talked me into taking him on a search and rescue mission.  Lo and behold – they had the movies we sorely desired!

We have a three-in-one disc of the Heisei versions of Vs. Mothra and Vs. Ghidorah, as well as Giant Monsters Attack.  We also got a twofer bluray featuring SpaceGodzilla and MechaGodzilla II.  Happy as a clam, and eating Pringles, we headed home.

Lucy, of course, had to watch SpongeBob before we could continue.  But at long last we started in on SpaceGodzilla.  Zachary loved it!  In that child way one loves things that terrify – SpaceGodzilla had him hiding behind the couch like some latter-day Dalek was on the screen.  We stayed up late and watched most of it, but we both fell asleep before the final battle.  A sad day, but Godzilla still won I am led to believe.

The daughter also seemed to enjoy it, though she is still unable to focus on much that isn’t animated.  The Abels take a long time to move on to live-action.

I am pretty excited to have a fellow Godzilla fan in the house.