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Two Writing Teachers
My oldest daughter asked me yesterday, "When is the last time you blogged?"
"August something," I replied.
"August 13th," she stated. "Better get writing!"
School started on August 19th after my extended summer vacation (I left school in May to care for my hubby after surgery). The school year has started out smoothly, but of course it's had its share of bumps. Each event - from school and from home - screamed to be a slice:
- Book Talk Tuesday Rocks!
- Screening Assessments Completed in Record Time!
- Football Season Starts: Poms! Band! Fun in the Stands!
- Are Co-Taught Classes Right for You?
- Can We Live Through the College Application Process?!?!?!
- Is That an Ambulance in Our Driveway?!
(P.S. The ambulance was in our driveway, and all turned out fine!)
Whew. Life sure does have some pretty big ups and downs. It also have some little problems that feel like big deals. This brings me to the title of my slice: Pretend You're an Armadillo
|Photo from Texas Parks & Wildlife|
Today I told my youngest daughter that she needs to pretend she's an armadillo. We ALL need to feel more like the armadillo. I have never met one personally, but I can see from the picture that armadillos have a shell that looks like armor. Armadillos avoid being eaten by predators because their shell protects them (but not from cars, according to my research).
My younger daughter (and myself, at times) has a pretty soft outer shell. She easily lets teasing, bad feelings and the crummy moods of people around her permeate her attitude.
My goal for her is to be more like an armadillo and let her outer shell deflect the negativity. Of course, she has to learn how to do this in a positive way (especially when her friends pull a prank on her and she's unhappy). I know this is a life lesson that many adults still need to work on, but I think we'll have some success soon.
Next time you feel negative feelings creeping towards your positive attitude... be an armadillo.