Follow up on a previous post

Several weeks ago, I asked for advice on submitting a manuscript for a unit of study I co-wrote with my principal.  Thank you to everyone for all of your suggestions.  Just this morning, we submitted a propsal with a publishing company and we are now awaiting a response.  We are keeping our fingers crossed!  My principal has already published two other books, but this would be my first book.  I think I will also keep my toes crossed!

I will keep you all informed as I go on this journey.  Once again, THANK YOU for your suggestions.

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Overcoming your fears

Two weeks ago, my daughter announced during our car ride home from school, that she was running for the Fifth grade Student Congress.  This was very surprising considering that my daughter tends to be very shy and prefers not to speak in front of a large group of people.   Each class would vote for their representatives and those reps. would run against each other the following week.  The week ends with their campaign speeches and the entire grade then goes to the school library to cast their online votes.

To my delight, she was elected as the class representative for Secretary.  So, during the Memorial Day weekend, she worked on campaign posters and prepared her speech.  Her brothers helped her come up with slogans and she practiced her speech with her family audience.

Last Friday, I quickly worked with my group of students so that I could get to the auditorium (we are both in the same building) and listen to her give her prepared speech.  She smiled when she saw me walk in.  She gave her speech and her class cheered for her.  I was so proud of her.  I would have never dared give a speech in front of everyone when I was in elementary school.

Before the school day ended, the announcement was made giving the results of the votes.  No,  she didn’t win, and she wasn’t even the least bit upset. On the way home,  she told me that she just wanted to give it a try.  I told her how proud I was of her for trying her best, working so hard, overcoming her fear of speaking in front of everyone, and being a risk taker.

The campaign posters are coming home today.  They will be a constant reminder of what you can do, and overcome, by just “giving it a try.”

Forgetting the list

Last Friday, I had created a list of things I wanted to accomplish by the end of the long weekend.  The list included cleaning out my pantry, sorting out school stuff in my garage, printing pictures from my disk, and helping my daughter create campaign posters (she decided to run for Student Congress and won the primaries).  On Saturday all of my plans changed as I decided to catch up on my quest to watch old movies. Oh, I did clean out my pantry but it took longer than I had expected because I only worked during commercials.  On Sunday I hosted a last minute barbeque for some family members and by Monday I knew that the rest of my list would have to wait until summer.  The sun was so inviting that the only thing I could do was to give in to its calling.  I swam for a little while, and spent the rest of the afternoon wrapped in its warm embrace while being rocked to sleep on a hammock.  List, what list?