We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Favs

Book:  The Book Thief...make yourself read this book.  I'm telling you it's worth it.

Movie:  Divergent

TV Show:  The Good Wife

Food:  It's strawberry season!!

Klutz Move: On Fridays the PE teacher and I combine our PE/Health kids to play a game.  Friday we played a game that the PE teacher made up called 4 Corner Soccer.  Basically 4 teams try to make a goal in one of the other 3 teams corners.  Once a goal is made, the team that got scored on sits down.  To get the game started, 4 players come to center court, teacher puts partially deflated ball down and gets the heck out of the way.  But not me.  I lolly gag a second too long and took a partially deflated ball in the shin.  Full force kick by a Freshman boy.  Holy bajolies the bruise I have is amazing!  To his credit, the young man apologized after his team won the game.

Song: Say Something by A Great Big World....my girls think this is the saddest song ever.  I do not.  I have no idea why I am so drawn to it--probably because I cannot decide what it means.  It just has nice music in my opinion.

Best Moment: When I told a sophomore that I would not be at the HS next year, her eyes filled with tears and I assured her that she would be able to get me whenever she needed me.  She smiled and said, "When I am senior, I can be your teacher aide!"  You betcha.  I will look forward to it, my dear.

Quote for the Week:  Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.  -Socrates 

Just sayin'.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Old People Probs

A couple of weeks ago I was having just general conversation with my Freshman.....which can go anywhere. Believe me when I tell you that sometimes all I do is laugh....and shake my head.

Freshman have a million questions inside of them begging to get out and no filter.

On this particular day, my neck was out of place and I was struggling to move.  A Freshman boy asked me if I was OK......

Me:  My neck is out and it hurts a lot.
FB:  Oh.  What'd you do?
Me:  No idea.  I think it's because I am old.
FB:  You are not old, Hays.
Me:  How old do you think I am?  (Keep in mind--I tell them how old I am on the first day of school and my birthday is in February. )
FB:  Well, (and he is dead serious) I think you are about 35.
Me:  Bless you.  But I have a daughter who will be 24 and I have been a teacher for 20 years.  So am I 35?
FB:  Possibly not.  How old are you?
Me:  I am 47.
FB:  47?  Really?  You don't look 47.  And you certainly DO NOT act like you are 47.

Although my ego was stroked accordingly, I ended the conversation there.  I really did not want to know how old I act.

Later that day I went to our elementary school to work at the after school program.  A very, very sweet kindergarten boy took hold of my hand and began walking with me.  Conversation about his day and what he would do on the weekend ensued.  He asked me to push him on the swings.  You may remember that I am a really good pusher from this post.

I told him yes, of course.  I also told him that my neck kind of hurt so I wasn't sure how many pushes I could give him.  He then looked at me with melt-your-heart big, brown eyes and said....

"Mrs. Hays, are you like 70?"

Ego deflated.

Just sayin'.

Friday, April 4, 2014


I have a new teaching assignment next year.

Hang on to your hats people......

And it is at my request for the first time in my teaching career.

Having given up social media for Lent, I discovered that so much of my time had been sucked up under the ruse of 'checking' social media. When I was ready to share this info, I was disappointed that I couldn't use social media to do so.  Then I realized I have a place that I have been neglecting.  A wonderful place.

A writing place.  So with this announcement, I hope that I will be returning to writing on regular basis.

And with that, I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching first grade next year.

Just sayin'.

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. -Proverbs 11: 17