Saturday, April 16, 2011

Let's take a look back a couple of weeks!

There is snow on the ground :/  So... I decided to post some pics from Veda's first experience with grass.  Let's just say, she isn't afraid to get dirty.  Sawyer totally freaked out the first few times we introduced him to grass.  He preferred not to be near it not to mention putting his bare feet in it.  I sat Veda down in the grass on a 78 degree day without any socks on, anticipating the same reaction.  Surprise!  She started pulling out grass, trying to shove it in her mouth and in mine.  Soon she took off, crawling all over the yard and I mean ALL OVER!  It was fun to watch.  That is just her personality.  She is fearless which makes this momma a little nervous.  This little girl is going to teach me some things for sure!

Oops... Sawyer was a little sorry he shared that toy!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bath Night at the Smith House!!

Ugh... Work

This may not be the appropriate outlet for this discussion but I am using it anyway!  Today was such a sucky day at work.  We were desperately short of staff and I was so in over my head with the group I had today.  I held a discussion with a student I have worked with off and on over the last 5 years.  The first time I had him in my class he was a 7th grader.  He is not a little boy anymore and towers over me.  I like him, my heart aches for him, he has been dealt a tough hand.  He has come a long way since I first met him and he has experienced things in his life that I am so grateful I didn't as a young person.  Today he made my life harder.  He does this many days but today just about broke me.  I almost stopped caring.  I pulled him aside after many times of trying to redirect and encourage him.  I asked, "Do you know why I am upset with you right now?"  He responded, "Because I am not doing my work today."  I let him know that I didn't feel that really affected me, he was the one who needed to graduate.  I already have earned my diploma.  What I was concerned about was the fact that I felt I deserved more respect than what he has been showing me.  He had nothing but sarcastic responses to everything I pointed out to him.  I asked, "Have I made an effort to take care of every reasonable request you have made of me?  Did I stick my neck out to help you get classes at your home school?  Do I show you every day that I care about you and your future?  Do you think I deserve more respect than what you have showed me today?" Nothing but sarcasm.  I am doing my best to not take this personally and I hope someday he will wish he had showed me more respect.  Or better yet, I hope he will show others more respect in the future.  It is things like this that wear me down though.  I wish I didn't care.