The Calendar and the Clock

I keep wanting to return to before that date.
That date and that time
that sticks in my mind.
Before that moment
my father still lived.

But time keeps pushing me forward.
Ever further from that event into the future,
away from my father’s last breath.
Distancing me from my father’s
voice
touch
looks
smell
attentiveness.

The calendar and the clock are my
enemies and my friends

I advance into the future both
away from him and yet also…

closer to him.

One day the clock and the calendar
will be my friend and take me
back to my father.

But until that day,
they are my enemies.

November 7, 2014

My father passed away on August 1, 2014. Kindness, Fairness, and Compassion are three things he left as his legacy. They are not the only things he left, but they are important. My new normal is not always as fun as my old normal. But I do look at my own children and students through his eyes.

Primary Source Websites

I make every effort to ensure that all of my images are primary sources and are public images. I particularly try and make every effort to ensure that I cite every image I use. As educators we are covered by Fair Use policies as far as copyright goes for the most part. But that does not, nor should it, excuse us from making efforts to cite things properly and to not abuse that which we have been permitted to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of saved websites (bookmarks) that are free, public images. These are, for the most part (probably 95%) are free of copyright.

Primary Sources Websites

I’ll be adding to this list as time goes on.

A Quick Reflection About This Year…

Went to a funeral today. This has been a year of ups and downs beginning with the death of my father and ending with the death of a coworker’s husband. The funeral brought back many memories of my father’s funeral. My heart breaks for my coworker, her daughter, but particularly for her 14 yr old son.
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On the upside, I’ve renewed my passion for teaching high-risk students after really feeling frustrated at the beginning of the year. All thanks to a student from last semesterwho reminded me of the problems they face daily and the compassion, the structure, and the championing they need from teachers. I was reminded that my problems pale in comparison to some of the things they have encountered in their young lives. I do not envy them, I do not pity them. I respect them. My dad taught me to be fair, to be compassionate, and to be kind. That’s what we all want: to be treated with fairness, kindness, and compassion. It’s his legacy. I can only hope to fulfill it and live up to it.‪#‎YouMatter‬ ‪#‎YouHaveAPurpose‬ ‪#‎YouAreNotAnAccident‬

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