CLAY aka CLAYBO
Today was a special day! Today was Clay's 9th Birthday and the two of us spent Clay Day shopping for Lego sets, school supplies and a Back to School First Day T-Shirt! Today not only reminded me of the specialness of my Grandson Clay but of the Back To School Rituals that take on such importance this time of year. It is so important to wear something new on that First Day of School! New School Supplies and new School Clothes...Important??? You Betcha!
Mercer Elementary School
I went to school here. In my memory that sidewalk was a MILE long
especially during Fire Drills mid-winter with snow!
I know...I taught for over 30+ yrs and I watched every year as the children came in with their new shoes as yet unscathed from the latest mud puddle, the new backpacks with a few price tags inadvertently left hanging onto the zipper in the mad dash to fill it up with every last pencil, pen, ruler, eraser, highlighter, and marker your parents bought!
Oh the First Day of School the tone is set for the entire year by what you wear ...or Don't wear...by Where you sit for lunch or Who you sit WITH at lunch...or who sits WITH you...all those little nuances that can make or break a child.
BUT...MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE PECKING ORDER WILL BE ESTABLISHED and THAT my dear friends is what the rest of this blog post is about....READ ON...
My sister sent me a link to a blog post written in August of last year. I urge you to go HERE (Dear Chase Momastery) and Read..but just in case...I've decided to copy and paste the entire post right here (with Glennon's permission). I don't know if I've ever read anything so eloquently written concerning the topic of bullying and/or teaching our own children/grandchildren that elusive sentiment called *COMPASSION*. It's worth your time to read..I PROMISE!!
My Grandson Clay will be entering Third Grade on Aug. 20th and I WILL make sure this letter is read to him, his brother and sister, on the night of Aug. 19th
DEAR CLAY, RYAN, and EMMA GRACE:
(Glennon's letter to her son Chase, Aug. 2011)
*I Choose Evelyn*