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Thanks to a Teacher, I Learned from a Child

The long-awaited last day of school has finally arrived.

AJ excelled in the 6th grade, and while he did well grade-wise, I mean more that he excelled as a person and grew quite a bit emotionally, and I believe his teachers played a huge part in that.

All of his teachers were amazing and deserve gratitude and thanks; however, one teacher stands out in particular. This particular teacher helped AJ develop his love for history.  And adventure. And the ancient aliens who may or may not have built the pyramids (more on that later… ).

The last essay AJ wrote for this teacher was about “Grit.”  This was not a required assignment.  But from what I understand, quite a few students completed it, including AJ.  Their reward?  A hat that says “Grit.”  Just one more way to get the kids to think and to write.  On their own.  Without any pressure of a grade or a deadline.  “Learn to love learning;” one of the first steps to school success, in my opinion.

Thank you, Mr. Larson, for inspiring my child to be the best that he could possibly be.  You have made a tremendous impact on AJ’s learning, and for that, we are extremely grateful.  He wears that hat with pride.

And for all the other teachers out there who inspire our kids, thank you so much for what you do. May you all have a happy and relaxing summer holiday!  You’ve certainly earned it!

In case you’re curious about what my kid wrote… here ya go:

What is grit? Grit could mean sand, or it could mean that you never give up and keep trying. Determined, brave, toughness–all of these things could mean grit, but there are a lot more words that can mean grit.

I would like to tell you a story of a man named James Edward Howard. He is my great-great grandfather that fought in World War 1. He was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK, on the 4th of April 1890. During the war, he transferred to the Royal Engineers from the Suffolk Regiment. He died June 1st, 1929. He was at the battle of Ypres when he got badly gassed. After the war was done, he suffered very poor health due to the mustard gas. His last few years, he was in and out of the hospital as he developed Tuberculosis which was his cause of death. He survived for 15 years after the war and after being gassed. This man had a lot of grit to be ill and survive for that long. That is why I wanted to share this story with you.

I used grit last year. I came through a tough time when my grandma and uncle died within a few months of each other. The thing is I didn’t get sorry for myself or get sad, I just accepted the way things happened. My cat also died 2 months after my grandma died. He had been around me my whole life but I kept fighting and never got sad or anything, and that is how I used grit.

That wraps up my whole grit essay. I hoped you learned a little more about me. Always remember to never give up, there is always hope.

Thanks to a teacher, today I learned from a child.  I learned “… there is always hope.”

MMM #17

It’s time once again for Motivational Music Monday!  Anyone can contribute, so go check out James at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest and add a song and/or link in the comments!

This coming Saturday is

Rock ‘N’ Roll Seattle

our 4th race of 2016!

I’m doing the half & James is doing the full (may heaven help him on all those hills)!  

And I couldn’t think of a more appropriate song for this coming week!

For everyone rockin’ it this weekend, we salute you!

Happy Monday!  May you have a blessed week!

Motivational Music Monday #14

What time is it??  It’s time for some music motivation, of course, courtesy of James over at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest!  Go check out his music choice for this week, see if it helps get you get out and get moving!  If it doesn’t, then add your own song in the comment section!  Maybe it’ll get him motivated to get up and get out!!

Although… I have to say… this week’s pick from him is totally in honor of our anniversary and one of my all-time favorites (and also my karaoke nemesis because of one particular evil key change).  Do go check it out… you can see which song makes me throw the microphone across the room every single time.  I’ve only nailed it solid once… out of like 500.

So, if you know me, I kinda follow suit… whatever he leads with, I tend to follow.  Not that you have to… I just do as it gives me direction.  And, well, it’s Michael Bublé… need I say more.

Michael Bublé, Everything (right back at ya 50 in 50!)

Have a beautiful week!

 

 

Quote Challenge

Day 2

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In other words… change begins from within.

I have been challenged by Kristy at Palatable Adventures to the 3-day quote challenge.  Thank you Kristy!  Rules:  Post 1-3 quotes for 3 consecutive days, nominating 3 fellow bloggers to do the same.

For today, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers.  Please don’t feel obligated to participate… it’s just nice being able to give you a shout-out to let you know I appreciate you and your blog.

Stop & Focus

The Slow Sheep

The Happy Healthy Kiwi

Life is what you make it, so make it a great one.