Friday, June 26, 2009

A moment to reflect....

A friend passed on a wonderful book to me recently, Guide My Feet by Marian Wright Edelman.  It is a book of prayers and meditations on loving and working with children.  This particular prayer caught my's by Ina J. Hughes.

A Prayer/Pledge of Responsibility for Children

We pray (accept responsibility) for children

who sneak popsicles before supper,

who erase holes in math workbooks,

who can never find their shoes.

And we pray (accept responsibility) for those

who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,

who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,

who never "counted potatoes",

who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead,

who never go to the circus,

who live in an X-rated world.

We pray (accept responsibility) for children

who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,

who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.

And we pray (accept responsibility) for those

who never get dessert,

who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,

who watch their parents watch them die,

who can't find any bread to steal,

who don't have have any rooms to clean up,

whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,

whose monsters are real.

We pray (accept responsibility) for children

who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,

who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,

who like ghosts stories,

who shove dirty clothes under the bed, and never rinse out the tub,

who get visits from the tooth fairy,

who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool,

who squirm in church or temple and scream in the phone,

whose tears we sometimes laugh at

and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray (accept responsibility) for those

whose nightmares come in the daytime,

who will eat anything,

who have never seen a dentist,

who aren't spoiled by anybody,

who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,

who live and move, but have no being.

We pray (accept responsibility) for children

who want to be carried

and for those who must,

for those we never give up on

and for those who don't get a second chance.

For those we smother...

and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

Adapted from Ina J. Hughes

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Coming down to the end...

We are one week away from the end of the school year.  What a year it has been!
Noah had his end of the year evaluation for ESL etc.  He will still need at least another year of ESL (yeah...he needs it..Zak tested out after the first year and that kind of complicated things early on in his education) but in truth has made such great gains given where he was a year ago.  
He, of course, started off in October neither reading or writing.  Today he is reading and writing at both a first grade level...right where he needs to be!  I also was presented with an amazing 'gift' this week from his teacher...she has offered to work with him every day this summer to keep the 'fire' lit in him.  She more than likely will be looping as well, so he will be graced with her amazing teaching for another year!   Also, one of his 5th grade tutors will be hired to continue her work with him as well.  I truly feel blessed with the people surrounding Noah.  His spirit has created such an amazing network of goodwill.
Today we had a Thank You party for his 5th grade tutor/mentors.  I brought Doro Wot and injera and they feasted like honorary Ethiopians.  Some liked it...some didn't.  They all loved the brownies, however : >).  Marian Wright Edelman has written a fantastic book,  I Can Make A Difference, that we presented to each one of them.  They truly did make a difference in Noah's life!