Saturday, August 04, 2007

Sunday Seven 27th Edition

This weekend, I have a unique week to review. I started the week retired, busy settling into an old house that is new to us. The busyness of that life was busy in the sense of having a lot to do but not busy in having a limited timeframe to finish the work. Following are 7 events which changed that routine this week.

1....I agreed to substitute teach in a 7th grade English Language Arts class for a teacher who was expecting her second baby. I agreed to this a couple of months ago -- when it was in theory only.

2....As the beginning of the school year approached (teachers went back on July 24; students started on August 1), I didn't know whether I would be called before the students started or not, so I attended some of the pre-planning so I'd be prepared if that turned out to be way the song was played.

3....August 1 arrived; students attended the first day of school; Mrs. C. waddled to school in all her pregnant, bulky beauty and managed to teach for the entire first day. HOWEVER, she called me that night and said that her doctor wanted to induce labor and she would need me to take the class beginning the next day.

4....So Thursday and Friday it was back to the hectic teaching schedule for me. I have three 90-minute ELA blocks of students to teach and of course homeroom, breakfast and lunch duties, and meetings to attend. These past two days have been still just introductory - learning names, establishing procedures, etc.

5....My daily routine will be quite different for the next 6-12 weeks. Mrs. C. had a beautiful, healthy daughter to join her, her husband, and their 5-year-old son. The students in the three classes have been very cooperative and attentive so far, and I expect to have a good, profitable, and enjoyable time with them.

6....The other joy and item of interest in this story is that our son is the AP at the school where I am working, so I get to see him on the morning announcements every day and often throughout the day. Our grandson is in 8th grade in the same school, so I see him go by my room a couple of time a day. Our two granddaughters come to the school from the nearby elementary and high schools to wait for their dad to go home, so I have had help in my classroom after school each day.
7....My husband, man of unparalleled thoughtfulness and
resourcefulness, surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers when I got home from the first day I worked. It is a beautiful arrangement of a dozen red roses along with a number of other white flowers -- all in a pretty clear vase with a red bow in front. Here are a couple of pics of the arrangement.


carol said...

So glad the first two days of school worked out so well. And congrats to you DH for the gorgeous flowers. He IS a good guy, isn't he? :-)

Melli said...

WOW! You've had a really SWEET week! And it sounds like this sub position is just perfect for you... that is cool! And kudos to your hubby for being such a good guy! :)

Lazy Daisy said...

Sounds like a great start for the new family and for you. I'm so glad your classes are going well and that it also gives you a chance to see your family more. Hugs coming your direction and a quick prayer that this week goes just as well.

Jane said...

Joan, you have had a busy week but one that I am sure you enjoyed. The students, as I said before, are fortunate to have you as a substitute.
Jim gets a gold star for giving you such beautiful flowers. That was so thoughtful.

Melanie said...

I'm not sure who to ask- I have left 2 comments on SS with the following request and no one has responded to me. I am on the blogroll- Our Happy Happenings. I have a new URL- it is
The one that is up there right now has my last name in it and I really need to have it changed. Please let me know if you know who I should contact about this.
Thank you so much!

Oldqueen44 said...

Good luck with your class for the time you have them.
What a nice sweetie you have. That was very thoughtful of him.

Miss Paula said...

What a wonderful hubby you have!

Maricar said...

You're hubby is so sweet. I hope my hubby will surprise me too (sigh) anyway nice sunday seven. God bless