Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees,
and then names the streets after them.
I think of all the things that the tornado took, I miss the trees the most. Our brick streets used to be canopied by old trees. I miss the school, the church, and the old houses, but they are all being rebuilt. I won't live to see the trees grow large enough to canopy our streets once more. They've been planted. I know they are there. Someday our barren town will be shaded and charming once more. We've planted for future generations, and I hope they grow to love the trees as much as I do or as much as I did.
This quote was on a poster over the front chalkboard in my room for years. (The tornado took it, but it will be there again when we move into the new building.) Now, daughter K puts it on a wallet size card she gives to her students.
I tell the students that it matters every single day what kind of person I am in that classroom. My mood and behavior affects their mood and behavior. The same is true for them. It matters every single day what kind of person they are in my room. It matters whether they are kind, helpful, and honest.
Going a bit further: It matters what kind of people we are in our families. It matters to our community what kind of people we are. It matters whether we help others, work together, or do what we are supposed to do. It matters in our state and our nation, too. It matters.
This is the Language Arts hallway of the new school that will replace Trailer High. I can't imagine walking down this hallway to my classroom next January. I can't wait!
We've been building a school in this town for over 100 years. The real school isn't about the building. The school is the students, the staff, the curriculum and the activities. Teaching in trailers, we've learned that.
This blog was started a year ago today. I didn't post every day, which was my original goal. I think I missed 20 days.
So what's up for this next year? There will be more quotes and more photos. However, this year there will sometimes be an explanation of a photo. (I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to do that in the last year!) Other times there might be a photo with no quote or a quote with no photo.