Thursday, January 26, 2006

in the beginning....

I am at work!

somehow I got past their filters and got on AOL!


Look at me!

I'm a hacker!!!!!

I forgot my first journal anniversay.

Here is my first entry....Dinner Conversation  posted by sunnyside46 (1 comments)

Thanks, all of you who have been on this wild ride with me.

Now, this is what is happening today...

Tom is doing much better.
His physical therapist says his shoulder is much improved. He can play his guitar again and the nights are more homey with his songs.

I am not in the habit of shamelessly tooting my own horn,but I am so proud I have to tell this story.

Those of you who have known me for a while may remember I had the job from hell last year, so this is especially sweet.

I was sitting in faculty meeting only half listening to the principal going on and on about this person who was "always cheerful, always going the extra mile, taking students even when they are not scheduled, working in a loving manner with the most difficult kids...."

Blah, blah, I thought, let's just go home.

Then she called out my name and everyone was clapping!

I won "The Golden Apple "award!

It is an award that all the teachers vote on. I was so shocked because I have only been at this school for 5 months. I didn't even think most people knew who I was!

I realy do love my job.My kids are so in need of understanding, which is a nice way of saying BAD! But I love them.I love dealing with people in an elemental way without pretensions and subterfuge, when it is just me and this kid who has had a raw deal in life and we are both trying to get through the day with our dignity intact.It is like magic, when I lean over  this child who is so out of their depth and lost and look into their eyes.  They know I am willing to go where   they are. Together we may make it out. It's like a bridge between my heart and theirs. I can't explain it, can't test it, can't chart it or graph it. But I can do it.

And I wouldn't want to spend my days doing anything else....

But I will have to if I get caught sitting here writing when I'm supposed to be doing lesson plans!



libragem007 said...

"But I will have to if I get caught sitting here writing when I'm supposed to be doing lesson plans!.." deserve a break~
Congrats for the Award..way to go!!
Journally Yours,
Gem :-)

jen73169 said...

You deserve a bushel of Golden Apples!!

b4i8clover said...

Congratulations, Marti. We can't think of anyone who deserves it more. The difference you're making in those childrens' lives is valuable and incalcuable.
We're glad to hear that Tom can play the guitar again. We know how important it is to both of you.
Take care.
Bon & Mal

demandnlilchit said...

1) happy anniversary (blog) 2) So happy to hear Dh is doing better! 3) big kudos on your apple award 4) go read the email I sent you last night!!!! lol


lv2trnscrb said...

WTG on the golden apple award! I'm sure it was well deserved. Glad Tom is able to strum his guitar these evenings :)


jtuwliens said...

Glad Tom is doing better.  Happy belated anniversary.  Congratulations on receiving The Golden Apple award.  Toot away, my friend, toot away...  *smiling* (I love reading entries like this.)

lurkynat said...

Aww So happy that Tom is recuperted!
(((((You rock!)))))

sanforized6 said...

Wouldn't be too cool to win an award one minute, and get fired the next for "hacking!!"LOL Congrats Miss "Apple" rich

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bgilmore725 said...

Isn't it grand to be appreciated! yes, lesson plans... they take up half of my life these days. Why are we doing this? Wouldn't I be better remembered as a good wife and friend if I weren't always pondering over lesson plans? I ask myself that every Sunday night when I am working on the week's plans. Do you have any secrets regarding lesson plans, how to save time, so I don't have to bring them home on weekends? Bea

karebear4x4 said...

AWESOME!!!   Congrats on your award!   you are such a wonderful person Marti!~kbear

cyndygee said...

Congrats!  Marti, you're the BEST!!!  ;-)

inafrnz247 said...

HI!  I love your enthusiasm in this entry... I too, work in special education, as a one on one paraprofessional.  I love my job, with all it's challenges and rewards.  Never a dull moment, and so fulfilling when child sees their achievments and is happy...even when they can't quite admit it, you can really see it in their eyes.