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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Today my man headed off for third grade.

School starts today. My husband teaches third grade now (he was a principal and went back into the classroom). He's been working in his room for a couple of weeks now to get ready for the kids.

I love being married to an educator. Every year I get to feel the excitement of a new year. After the blur of the last six months, it's especially fun THIS year. I went into his classroom this week and loved the smell of chalk, the bright colored posters, the waxed floors.

When I was a kid I loved school. It was a safe place and a happy place. My favorite teacher was Dorothy Burton (just happened to be my THIRD grade teacher). Soft-spoken, gentle, kind--and I later found out, a Christian! She impacted my life. She read a book to our classroom that I cherish to this day--and have it on my shelf. "Lad, a Dog." Now there's a title. Goes to show you it doesn't have to have a snappy title to be good and cherished.

Anyway, I wanted to use my blog today to salute the teachers and administrators in our country for their hard work and diligence with our kids! I know it's not an easy job. I've been on both sides of the fence. Please know that I appreciate you and thank you so much for all you do.

One last thing, to teachers AND others--you never know when a kind word, smile, or listening ear will make all the difference in someone's day. We're all given twenty-four hours a day, and I know it can be a challenge to fit everything in. I hope today and every day I will fit in what's truly important.

So any fun school stories to share? When I think of school I remember that I had a continuing dream that I went to school without shoes (no Hush Puppies in sight). I'm sure I just caused Kristin to shutter.

So how about you, how did you feel about your first day of school? Or maybe you have a school story you want to share?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:03 AM  
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At 9:10 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

In third grade my teacher, Ms. Young, wore tight hot pink pants. She had long dark hair and kinda reminds me of Cher in the Sonny & Cher era. One day in class I was sitting at my seat and doing some work when I looked at my lollipop-shaped pen and decided to suck on it. I got a mouthful of ink. Ms. Young looked at me and asked if I was okay, I just kinda pouted and she saw the ink and sent me straight to the nurses office. I remember spitting it out in the hall water fountain. My mom came and picked me up and I had to drink lots of milk.
That's the only thing I remember about 3rd grade.

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I love when school starts again. :) The whole year is ahead of us, everything looks crisp and shiny. To me, Sept. 1 will always be New Year's Day: The start of a new, fresh year. Who knows what will happen?!?! Yay!

One year, when I wasn't teaching, I felt bereft: It was such an empty September!

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

LOL, Suzanne! Did you have blue teeth the rest of the year? ;-) I'll bet that was hard to get off!

I know, Pam! That's how my husband feels, too, and I have to say I do, too, because of living with him. :-) Fall is my favorite time of year, too, so there's all that. It's like a new beginning, isn't it?!

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger jel said...

My Sister is a Teacher, and is getting ready to go back, the end of Aug.

my 2nd, 3rd, and 9th grade,and my Art teachers, were my fav. if not for my 9th grade teacher,& Art teacher (who were husband and wife)
I don't think I would have made it though, would have quit.

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

School. Diann, I can see you loving school. My kindergarten teacher had to drag me, literally kicking and screaming, into class the first two days. Not much has changed. LOL I do remember my third grade teacher reading A Wrinkle In Time to us. And my sixth grade teacher telling me I'd be a writer someday. She also prayed in class. Good Christian influence.

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

That's really cool, Cheryl, that your teacher told you that you would become a writer. I'm sure the instilled some confidence to give you the courage to one day try.

Anytime my teachers gave me a positive stroke, I wanted to make 'em proud! LOL

The power of words!

And remember when we used to revere our teachers? I remember seeing my fifth grade teacher at the grocery store when my mom and I were there. I thought it was AMAZING to see her away from the school. I was in awe. LOL

Things sure have changed!

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Did you ever read MY TEACHER SLEEPS IN SCHOOL by Kindergarten teacher Leatie Weiss? It's about how kids think teachers live at school--or have no life outside of school. :)

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love teachers! I loved school. They changed my life. :-) You all rock!

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

My favorite teacher was about as unconventional as you can get (for conservative Amish Country, PA) When I first met him, I didn't know what to think! He had long, curly hair, camouflage pants and said, "dude." :)

He was my 10th grade World Cultures teacher and I LOVED, loved, loved that class - and that teacher. I never had a great social studies/history teacher up until that point. He changed all of that. Now, I adore history and even minored in it in college.

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Crystal Mazzuca said...

Teaching third grade was one of the best years of my life! There really seems to be something magical and monumental about that year. My third grade class was in a portable and I remember thinking it was the COOLEST thing in the world to be away from the school :)

My oldest son is starting Kindergarden this year and I'm already a bit of a mess. But I can't wait to see what God has in store for him as he starts this new chapter in life. (But you can bet I already signed on to volunteer one day a week at his school. I won't be in his class, but I'll still be able to keep an eye out for him!)

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Valerie, I loved this: <> LOL!!

Pam, that sounds like a fun book!!

Colleen, if your teachers could see you now, they'd be so proud!!

Crystal, you're so right, third grade does seem magical! How fun that you'll get to see your son at school!

Our kids went to a Christian school for four years (my husband was the principal and I was the school secretary, poor kids). Anyway, I had to grab these booklets from the inventory room and pass them out to the kids as needed each day. Every time our kids' names came up, I tucked a note in the booklet for them. I had such fun doing that! What a blessing to be there during that time.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Well, rats, your quote didn't show up, Valerie. It's the part about the camouflage pants and him saying "dude." LOL

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

A writing friend of ours was speaking at a conference and went into the ladies room, where a woman had her little girl in there. She told her daughter, "See, honey, famous authors go potty, too."

LOL

 
At 2:19 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

I have two older brothers, one 8 years older and the other 3 1/2 years older. We all went to the same elementary school located 4 blocks from our house.

On the day my mother brought me to school for my first day of kindergarten the principal was meeting every parent and student at the door. When he saw my mother and me, he threw his hands up to hold his head and exclaimed, "Oh no! Not another one!"

And yes, I managed to maintain the family reputation my brothers had established. LOL

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger jel said...

Ladys!

a Beau~T~ful sunrise this morning, hope you day is the same !

:o)

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

I join the ranks of those who had a magical 3rd grade teacher. :-) Her name was Miss Church, she was beautiful, with long blonde-brown hair. She read Church Mouse stories to us, which I adored!!! I wish I knew if those are still accessible somewhere---that would have in in 73, I think. She got married after that year, and I remember being so mad and the guy marrying her and taking her away from us!!!

 

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