was my 2nd anniversary of blogging here on WordPress. It’s funny, when I ‘got’ my blog, I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. I still don’t know what I’m going to do with it… maybe I do. It’s my quiet place, it’s the place where The Ugliness hasn’t invaded, and trust me I’ll kick an ass if it tries to invade. But…

Guylty was gifted with a gorgeous quilt last week and I thought – you know, that’s some love for a person and she so deserves it. Over the past 6 or 7 months, I’ve experienced that sort of love from my friends I’ve met through Richard. I wonder if he knows or even has an inkling.

Dear Richard. You don’t know me from Adam and according to some you don’t want to know me and if you did know me you’d hate me for reasons we won’t discuss here, but either way, you’re an awesome person and I’ve met more awesome people through your fandom. I’ve met some shits… I take that back, I don’t think the shits are members of your fandom. I don’t even think they’re members of the human race, but way-hey… let’s just not go there and instead just love on those we love in your fandom and thank you so much for being you so we could do this. 

coughs.

Late last week, I received a package from one of those friends I’ve met through the fandom. IT was an awesome package. Took me several days to actually breach the tape on the box.

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Trust me. That thing was sealed up tight. I had to take it to school and borrow the art teacher’s special scissors she keeps locked away.

I had hoped to find HIM…

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Alas, my heart’s desire was not there, however, my teacher’s heart was ecstatic…

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Almost my heart desire. The voice recorded melts my chocolate!

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Innit cute???? Lots of pink and purple stuff!!! I’m in girly heaven…

pens and rubber bands and sparkly things and erasers and crayons and lovely stuff…

and…

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What all of this is is graphic novels or in my words…. COMIC BOOKS!!!! Specifically Comic books geared to young readers. The Avengers, Star Wars, a way cool dark version of Alice in Wonderland – Archie, plus more… all geared to younger readers. My media specialist is like drooling on himself.

This is a beloved gift. I will share it with my students, my babies.

My babies can’t read. They struggle. It’s a school-wide epidemic. We don’t know why. We blame the new standardized test, but more than 2% should have passed it. This is what happens when you work in an Impact School. We’re jumping the hoops, we’re doing the work, and yet, our babies can’t read. Things my 3rd graders had no problems with at my first school, my 5th graders stop and struggle with. I’m torn between teaching what I love, complete with singing and playing instruments, to giving reading and writing assignments. About music. It’s not the same thing, but my babies can’t read and i’m responsible to help them learn to read. I have yet to unpack my Kodaly notebook with songs and games and rhythm charts. That has been proven to help reading scores, but I’ve not found it yet. But until then…

This will help. Really. This is help. So, thank you NFC Comics for this beautiful gift. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

And just ‘cuz… my contribution to the Ogle Society…

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