I went back to high school last week. And, as usual, it was THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!
I mean, look at these guys. Who couldn't have fun with them?!
It was awesome because two things I love came colliding together - flowers & education. I've always liked the idea of colliding interests and an always-changing work environment. When I was a little daisy my babysitter asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
"When I grow up I want to be a dentist like Daddy on Monday. On Tuesday I'll be a babysitter like you. Wednesday I'll be a teacher like Mrs. Hostetler. On Thursday I'll be a mommy like Mommy and on Friday I'll be a scientist like me."
And, today I'm leaving the dream, well almost. Everyday I do different things and I really like that. And, ironically enough, I am a scientist (according to Myers Brigg & my college diploma!).
Needless to say, I loved being a teacher for a few days. We baked fancy cupcakes (Warning! They are a labor of love), picked pumpkins and flowers, and if they would have let us ride the ponies at the pumpkin patch, there's no question -- I would have had those kids riding ponies. I told them it was going to be the best day of their life and I was there to have as much fun as humanly possible! They were happy to oblige. Did I let them smash said cupcakes (Again, LABOR OF LOVE!) in their friend's face. YES. Common, live a little already.
Adventures from Bender's Potato Farm, Hope Valley Gardens and the classroom are detailed below. Unfortunately I didn't get a single picture of the kids in the garden. I was too busy running around finding new "weeds" to use for our project. Gardeners call them weeds. I say, "this is SO interesting. I wonder if it will hold in water." Good thing I'm not a gardener. I'd just let it all grow! I LOVE WEEDS and I LOVE BEING IN THE GARDEN.
I'm so proud of my students and I love them all! I hope they grow up to do exactly what the Lord designed them to do, putting all fear and worry behind them. I hope they remember that flowers are fleeting pleasures that remind us to celebrate today, and I pray they put their full trust in God's Word, which never withers or fades away.
P.S. I guess it's probably a good we didn't ride the ponies. Looks like they bite.