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Archive for June, 2012

The discomfort of home

It’s amazing how one little change in your surroundings can throw you off.  My house itself is not changing at all; it still has my husband and son, my two energetic dogs, all my possessions.  It looks exactly the same, yet suddenly it feels different.  My neighbors are what’s changing.  After six years of being next door neighbors they are moving on due to a job change.  I feel a little bit sick.  I have seen their oldest grow up from a baby to a first grader.  Elle is so smart and such a perfectionist.  I have seen their second daughter, our godchild, growing up into an energetic, talkative three year old.  Adi is feisty, but so joyful and loving.  Being an only child, my son has totally bonded with their little girls; he is like a cousin to them.  Despite the age difference (he is 13) they play together in the yard regularly.  The for sale sign in the yard is a daily reminder of the looming move.  Part of home has come to mean living next door to them.  Our dogs play together, we have impromptu potluck meals on lazy days at home & swim together in our pool. We are like old time neighbors who actually do lend each other a cup of sugar when cooking.  We stand in our side yards talking way too long about not much at all.  We provide each other with therapy after family gatherings!  Friends are the family you choose, and part of my family is leaving home.  

Just the beginning

Well, here I am am blogging.  I have always been a teacher who enjoyed using technology with my students, but the introvert in me shied away from public posting on my own.  I made a resolution to put myself out there a bit more; Twitter was the first step.  I had an account for a couple of years, but just checked it occasionally and was more of a lurker.  In January I started posting….OK, mostly retweeting, but it’s a start!  It’s been a good learning experience for me to see the huge networks and resources that are available.  Twitter has been entertaining and informative.  Next I signed up for an EdCamp in Milwaukee.  That was pretty mind-blowing to listen to other educators who are so passionate and engaged.  I learned a little bit about a lot of different things, made a few new connections, and am inspired to keep trying new things.  Now I’ve signed up for an online writing workshop for teachers and librarians (thank you, Kate Messner!) and realized that most other participants have a website or blog.  Yikes!  Nerve-wracking to realize I’m so far behind the curve.  So, here goes another new thing to try.  GERONIMO!!!!