Guardian Angel

Guardin Angel

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Today one of my fifth grade students, who was being punished for leaving without being dismissed on another day, drew me a photo of his guardian angel. It was beautiful, drawn in pencil on notebook paper. I shall scan it in later to show you.

He is a beautiful child with marvelous brown eyes of Indian descent, I think (from India). He sometimes speaks of his grandmother who lives with them.

I think they all look at me as their “other” grandmother. I never many or any problems with them.

I think my life would have been different had I taught elementary education rather than the high school students. Their little lives can be shaped; they soak up information. They all have such different personalities; and strangely enough one can almost see those who seem to have the success qualities, the leaders, both good and bad.

In looking back on the lives of my childhood classmates, through this experience with these children, I can see many things I did not see until now. I was on a collision course with nonconformist ideas and actions. Would that a teacher had cared enough to maybe point me in a different direction, however, maybe this was my destiny.

My guardian angel, Uriel, must have been very ,very busy keeping up with me!
Do you know your guardian angel?

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Perhaps I forgot to tell you, I got scammed this summer; paid $200 down to a self-appointed landscaper. He said “you will not have to pay me anything else until the job is finished.”

A week later he asks for $600 to pay laborers to help him.

Sanity walked out; stupidity walked in and I wrote him a check for $600.

I have never seen a job/yard look so bad. The tilling was very lumpy. I said it is to dry to try to till but every area got lumped up like a cotton field. He was an arrogant sort; knew everything and surely was smart at scamming little old ladies.

I called him in for a chat; asked for $300 back because I had spent hours chronicling the hours he had worked(said he got $15 an hour) and came up with this figure being very generous with time. He had said I did not have to pay until I was happy. Stupidity believed him.

He took down my address and wrote the number (300) and said I would get this within the week since I was so unhappy. ( how had he found me every day he chose to come?)

Stupidity believed this as well. Two weeks later sanity returned and a letter went out to his last known address with parameters spelled out.

Scammers disappear.

I hired young high school fellows and we tried to fix the mess. Finally yesterday we finished under the bedroom window.

The plants only cost $200+; I have not kept up with all I have paid but this I do know; this will be one expensive make over having lost $800. Up front!

I am embarrassed by my stupidly in missing that red flag.

Will upload from my phone images to let you see what we have finished so far.


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Invisible Silence

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” Socrates

in invisible silence

i go


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Somewhere in the early evening hours the sounds of traffic grate against my senses which long for the quietness of night sounds. Tree frogs, owls, crickets, the wind in the pine trees.

Someday perhaps I will find that place of solitude where my squeaking rocker will calm my spirit and soul. Someday, there will be a place to hear the falling leaves, to hear the grass grow, to hear the whisper of the butterflies as they flit from flower to flower.

Someday I will find that place…it does exist…maybe in my mind but I can go there at any time…in the hidden recess of my brain is the someday of the spirit that tells me that all is at peace in this world of gray matter grown weary with sounds.

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Photo 101 ~ #5 Solitude

reading a good book like Shakespeare represents the best of solitude - living in another time and place

reading a good book like Shakespeare represents the best of solitude – living in another time and place

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Photo 101 ~ #4 Bliss

the blissful sound of the familiar squeak of my favorite Windsor Rocker

the blissful sound of the familiar squeak of my favorite Windsor Rocker

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