Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Weekend Outing

This is where Keith and I had breakfast this morning.
We were in La Crosse, Wis., to visit a former student of mine. We spent some time with him Saturday afternoon and then took him out to dinner. Finally, I can buy him a drink, now that he's 21! I've know him since he was in 8th grade, and we have had a special bond from the beginning. He's had a lot of hard times, and I'm so proud of him for never giving up.

This is what teaching is about: forging relationships and helping students see their potential. Not paperwork!

I've never been to La Crosse, and I am amazed by how many beautiful buildings grace their downtown:
It's the best small-town downtown I've seen in a long time. There are a lot of businesses and there were plenty of people around. And there are a ton of adorable, locally owned coffee shops. We hung out at a very cute one that also serves crepes, The Root Note.

Woke up this morning with a sore throat. This has been happening a lot. I think it's stress. I was on Facebook a little while ago and there were a lot of comments about how tough things are for teachers. I'll drink a cup of Cold Care PM tea to that!

I did some knitting in the car, but at home I'm focusing on the embroidery piece I'm working on for the Jewish Artists Lab:
The man is my grandfather. It's not the best likeness, but it is the best one I could do! This started out in my mind as a very simple piece, but is growing more complicated by the day. And they've moved the deadline for the show up by about 6 weeks! This is going to be a challenge.

I hope you had a good weekend.

12 comments:

  1. I love your embroidery and the fact that it is your Grandfather is so cool. Your student story is so nice. My friend's daughter is an English teacher and is so caring about her studentd. It makes my heart swell.

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  2. what a great teacher you are!!!....don't you know that visit meant the world to that student, too. and your embroidery! yow!!! What talent!

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  3. That so nice of you to keep in touch with a former student. Some of them really get to you.
    Your embroidery of your grandfather is such a nice tribute!

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  4. What a lucky young man to have you as a friend/teacher. You are a shining star in the education community! Looks like your embroidery piece is going to be wonderful.

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  5. LaCrosse looks like an interesting little town. I'm sure the young man enjoyed his morning out with you. Hugs for taking him under your wing.

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  6. I love that your teaching has touched this young man and he is successful. That is a testament to you! You are so so talented with the stitching and I think it looks wonderful!

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  7. This is why teachers are the most important people ever! Thank you for sharing your student story! It reinforces just how vital educators are! And, your stitching! You are so creative and talented! Beautiful!!

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  8. You are so dedicated, I just love that about you. I am afraid it is going to get worse for teachers and even worse for those students with special needs. The link for those with special needs has already been taken of the Dept of Ed website.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/devos-disabilities-web-site_us_58a0fd7ae4b094a129ec35b8?

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  9. Everyone needs someone who cares about them, and for this former student, it is you. Obviously, he appreciates all that you've done for him.

    I love the block with your grandfather on it. Tell me more about the project.

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  10. You are an amazing teacher! TO nurture a student to adulthood is wonderful. Thank you for all your contributions. I LOVE the stitching you are doing for the JEwish Artists Lab. Such a cool project

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  11. What a weekend - it is so great that you are still in touch with your student(s). I can only hope that I will forge those connections with mine.

    Lovely embroidery as well my friend :)

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  12. It's really heartening to hear your friendship with your former student. I love the small town adventure, sounds divine, the coffee shops and the eats! Your embroidery project is absolutely amazing. Seriously, don't you say a less than word about it.

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