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#FWF Free Write Friday: Quote Prompt

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“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you would not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn”…

Harriet Beecher Stowe

This was the quote we are to write about today… and what is so strange… is that I had this same quote taped to my desk x11776976

when I worked with Special Education Children at a public school for 30 years…

At that time I didn’t even know the authorkh13339 … and it didn’t matter IT spoke to me…

Every day when I walked into our classroom k6990051 … I knew MY days could never be as hard as it was with the children I worked with…

handicapped physically and mentally…

They brought joy to my life every day I saw them…

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Their determination…

Their strength…

Their grins…

Their hugs…

Their resilience…

Their innocence…

I had my own struggles as all do.. and to be able to look at my little verse on the edge of my desk… gave me the strength… laughter… love… the focus… and caring

to keep going…

Sometimes it’s just a few words… a few moments of someone’s time… a simple pat on the back… that helps the “tide to turn”…

k7781094A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats“…

Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits

Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING.

It has been 3 years since I retired… Time has flown by quickly… minutes to hours… hours to days… and now days to years…

Yes… I miss school… I spent 12 years of just attending school like any other kid…

loving every minute of it…

School was fun to me…

cursive writingk13341811  I loved making those beautiful curved letters…

readingk0764029 not easy for me that first year… had no pre-school or kindergarten at that time… but, by the next year… I was learning quickly and asked to help other kids…

mathk0866279my torment… but, when learned… felt so proud… Hated reading problems as they were called… but, loved geometry… drawing all of those angles and shapes… using a compass… protractor and ruler… (the art in me I guess)

geographyk13435154learning of different countries… people… places… I would never see… a world opened to me through books and films…

history…x28646849 learning of past presidents and who formed our land… laws… the constitution… discoveries made by people… found it to be quite interesting…

englishk0273001 Loved words… never liked learning all of those names for different parts of speech… nouns… pronouns… adverbs… I did love adjectives… descriptive words… how wonderful!… letter writing was neat… punctuation could give me fits…

literatureu19066330 stories … books… heroes… characters… authors…  fun!

sciencek9050519 planets… rocks… experiments… equations (yuck!)… earth… formulas (another yuck!)… bugs…animals…birds… people… VERY interesting…

artu16211303favorite subject for me… the smell of crayons… paints… the pencils for drawing… colored chalk dust… colored paper…clean white paper to put that first bit of color on… Loved it!

musicu13121621 singing… sometimes dance… instruments… piano playing… harmonizing… chorus… A happy feeling …

play timek12697727inside and out… jump rope… kick ball… games… What’s not to like???

friendshipsk9128274special girlfriends… some to this day!… cute boys…

teachers… sfo0159some good… so memorable… some bad… (Very few)… what each taught and their techniques…

classrooms004v0102dc I dreamed of my own…and how I would fix it… teacher‘s desk… seating charts… colorful pictures…bright sun coming through windows… watching first snowflakes and wondering if we would get out early…

field tripsx11279754visiting places I would never have gone to… seeing things I would never had seen… Hearing things I would never have heard… AWESOME!

lunch time… x21738989sack lunch kids… cafeteria food… cafeteria ladies… sitting talking with friends… always rushing to eat fast in 20 minutes…

bus ride… x11574526I was a safety patrol on the bus… badge and all… noisy kids… but, really liked our bus driver… Mr. G… and the trips on that big yellow bus… so fun sitting with friends…

snack timeMilkcookies and milk… Oreos from a boy who liked me…

This was a description of “my school years“… and then I got a job in the school system… a dream come true… working with special children

30 years later… retired… but, the descriptions of school memories are pretty much the same… work was just like a repeat of my school years… just looking on from a different perspective…

To spend my whole life in school… leaves lots of memories… and yes, k6860167I will always miss those days…

Daily Prompt: Childhood Revisited

Sure, you turned out pretty good, but is there anything you wish had been different about your childhood? If you have kids, is there anything you wish were different for them?

I have always wished I would have went to collegek13870951

My parents didn’t go and really very few of our family did… until my generation had children

Most all of our children have gone to college… and their children will absolutely go…

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I talked about it to my Mom… but, the thought of the unknown was pretty much not discussed… dougla0028s

There was the expense… for one thing… but, compared to today… it was nothing…sps0438

We all were to either get married have kids… and maybe work

Work meaning a trade of some kind… factory x17066401child care… elderly care… cook… waitress k9592294 … retail, etc. …

I was fortunate to get hired and work at the Telephone Company (Bell South) as a Long Distance Operator… and then an Information Operatorsfo0464

Just a test was required… as I remember… of about 2-3 pages… Basic common sense… reading… writing… math skills…u16545704

Positions that could be taught by others who had experience

After six years I had married k8117625 and had two sonsk5105796 … I felt they needed me at home and decided being a stay at home Mom would be my full-time job

Not a regret… but, I wanted more!

I wanted to either be a Teacher  sfo0159 or do something with Artk8413105

and to my amazementwithout college… I obtained a job in the Public School System after the boys went to school…

I kept a job as a Teacher Assistant with Special Education Students k0662770 … for 30+ years… being able to use my art skills… and received my full retirement

Yes, I feel my life turned out pretty good… but, the knowledge I have now… feeling I could have learned so much car0030 and the career I could have had… haunts me still… u15284580

Daily Prompt: Million-Dollar Question

Why do you blog?

Really… the question is directed to me… so…

Why do I blog?

I started blogging k6584220after viewing a friend’s blog and just enjoyed her thoughts on many subjects…

I learned more about her by reading than I ever did actually talking face to face with  her…

Isn’t that a shame!…

It seems we are way more truthful when we blog… It just flows from our fingertipsx10900469

I also had retiredWhat to do with some of my time?…

I had been wanting to write about my adventures while working with Special Education students for 30+ years…

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There were adventures to tell…pgi0201

There were funny incidences to tell…

There were personalities to share…k10454203

There were sad stories

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There were humorous stories

There were heartachesk12483651

There was loveu10961440

There were teaching momentsk0337539

There were learning moments

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It was pure joy!…

It seemed to have a lot of details that could capture an audience

So, I wrote for a year combining tales of mine with tales from my “Special Kids”…

It was amazing!…

I now write to express myself

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I enjoy “Other’s writings” also…

It makes me thinkk11242244

It has given me friendsk9896399

It keeps my mind busy…k12351686

It keeps me up on world news

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It keeps me up on happenings that I’ll never encounter

It makes me more aware of people and the different facets of others lives…k0248957k0248957k0248957

It gives me contentmentcfr0252

It makes me proudk6050565

I belong to a special “community” now…k7481127

I like the way others have accepted me … even has raised my self-esteem… I’ve received a clearer picture of who I actually am…k10359530

and it doesn’t seem too bad!