Author Archives: Ginny Marie

Remembering Mr. “R”

Most of the teachers I had were good teachers. My parents were very wise, and when they didn’t like one of my teachers, they didn’t let on. They taught me to respect my teachers. In a couple of situations when I had a bad teacher, I just had to work hard and try to get through the class the best I could. My parents helped me when they could, but when I almost failed trigonometry, they couldn’t do much to help me with my homework!

Fortunately, most of my teachers were very good at their job. It’s probably why I went on to become a teacher myself. Several years ago, I wrote this essay about a teacher I had in 7th grade, and I’m sharing it with you again.

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I had this teacher once. Mr. “R” was not considered a “cool” teacher. He didn’t play favorites. He taught. He showed me how to find the various innards of an earthworm, taught me math and literature, and instructed me in the fine arts. I learned about pointillism and ringing handbells. He also insisted that if we didn’t get something right, we had to try again until we did get it right. When I went up to his desk to ask him a question, he would look at me as if I should already know the answer. I was probably supposed to know the answer, but I had been daydreaming when he had given us directions. Mr. “R” was a tough teacher, which made him a good teacher. Strict, yet kind.

Mr. “R” was also the church musician and so years after I had Mr. “R” as a teacher, he was my choir director. I was able to get to know him as an adult. I always had fun rehearsing with Mr. “R”!

I still play in the handbell choir at church.
I still play in the handbell choir at church.

It was during this time that I was diagnosed with breast cancer. While I valued all the cards and letters I received, I especially treasured the letters Mr. “R” sent me. “The news of your health has haunted me for these past few days…” he wrote in his beautiful script, the same handwriting I had read long before on the papers he had graded. “Along with depressed moments during these dark days ‘have no anxiety about anything…’ Philippians 4:6.” His kind words encouraged me and gave me hope.

A few years ago, Mr. “R” passed away from cancer himself. I have kept his letters in my “cancer scrapbook,” and they bring back fond memories of him. I wonder, did he know how much his letters meant to me?

And so, Mr. “R”, I send you a much belated “Thank You” for so much encouragement during a dark time in my life. You are an inspiration to me as I strive to encourage other women who are in similar situations. I just hope I can be as encouraging to them as you were to me.

“But encourage one another daily…so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

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Week of May 25: Kicking Off Summer! Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer! Write your summer bucket list; tell us about a vacation you’re looking forward to; recommend some summer books to read.

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Out From Behind the Screen

It didn’t even occur to me until the chorus concert was almost over. Why were all these other kids singing solos, and Lily wasn’t getting up to sing one? She had auditioned, and her music teacher has always given her a solo before.

As we were walking home after the concert, I asked Lily about it. She said, in a matter-of-fact way, that many of the soloists were fifth graders. Since this was their last chorus concert before moving on to middle school, they deserved to be chosen for the solo lines. It was okay with her because she had already had had a lot of solos.

This made me even more proud of her than I already was. She was content.

I was sitting behind a mom and a dad at the concert. Their daughter was in chorus for the first time and each had a camera in hand to videotape their daughter’s performance. The dad moved over to get a better shot of his daughter, and so I had to move over so I could see Lily. I was just glad there was an empty seat next to me!

I used to be them. I wanted to capture every moment of Lily’s ballet recitals on camera. It took me years to realize that I was watching her on the screen instead of using my eye to see her right there, in person, on the stage. I began to take less and less video. Last night, I took one picture. That was it.

Will I regret it in the future? Will I wish I had more videos to watch, to remind me of Lily’s performances? Maybe.

Last night, however, I was not looking for the right angle to hold my camera or fidgeting with the record and pause buttons. I was watching my daughter sing and smile and enjoy her concert.

She was content. And so was I.

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Teachers and Teaching {Spin Cycle Prompt}

Did you miss my Becoming a Mom post last week? As the school year comes to an end, it seems like there are a hundred little things to wrap up as both a mom and a teacher!

As a mom, there are end-of-the-year concerts to attend and special school events like Muffins with Mom. As a teacher, my co-teacher and I are wrapping up assessments and preparing for preschool graduation.

Last week was also Teacher Appreciation Week for many schools across the country. This week, we’re writing about teachers and teaching. Perhaps for this prompt, you might remember a favorite teacher you had as a child. Not all teachers are actually in the classroom; write about a teachable moment as a mom. Life also makes a good teacher; tell a time you learned a difficult lesson. Do you have another way to spin this prompt? Write it out and link it up here any day this week!



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Week of May 25: Kicking Off Summer! Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer! Write your summer bucket list; tell us about a vacation you’re looking forward to; recommend some summer books to read.

Week of June 1: Summer Reruns During the summer months, most television shows are reruns. Share some of your favorite TV shows that you love watching, even in reruns OR “rerun” one of your favorite blog posts from the past!

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Becoming a Mom

On Mother’s Day, I woke up to the sound of noises in the kitchen. Thank goodness it was after 7:00! With the help of their daddy, the girls were making me breakfast in bed. Just a few minutes later, they presented me with a parfait; a fancy word for yogurt with blueberries and granola! Ed presented me with my coffee; he makes it perfectly every time.

It doesn’t seem like so long ago that I woke up one morning and called my mom, asking her about the cramping feelings I kept getting in my abdomen. She suggested that perhaps I was going into labor. At my already-scheduled doctor’s appointment, he confirmed what my mom had said, and just a few hours later Lily was born.

birth

My mom had four of her own babies, so she knew a thing or two about going into labor. I was her first born. It must have been pretty cold outside; look at all those blankets wrapped around me!

mom bringing me home

There is nothing like holding that little bundle in your arms after you have been aching for months to see your baby. Even when you are exhausted beyond belief from having that newborn to care for, there’s just something magical about a baby. From the smell of a baby’s head to their sleeping eyelashes and curled up fists, a baby is just so precious. And demanding. Let’s not forget that.

Naptime on Mommy
Naptime on Mommy

And just like me in real life, I’m late. I had started this earlier in the week, but then…life happened.

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Spin Cycle Update {5/11/15}

Between orchestra concerts and Ed working on Saturday, school ice cream socials, Lily’s research project and Mother’s Day celebrations, I’ve barely had time to sit at the computer! So let’s get straight to the point and our Spin Cycle prompts! Yes, you read that right. I have several weeks of writing prompts, just for you!

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Week of May 11: All About Moms Write about your mother, or your mother-in-law, or being an aunt. Write a recap of your Mother’s Day. Write about being a mom. Link up your post any day this week!

Week of May 18: Teachers and Teaching As many school years wind down, it’s time to write about teachers! Remember a favorite teacher; write about a teachable moment as a mom; or tell a time you learned a lesson.

Week of May 25: Kicking Off Summer! Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer! Write your summer bucket list; tell us about a vacation you’re looking forward to; recommend some summer books to read.

Week of June 1: Summer Reruns During the summer months, most television shows are reruns. Share some of your favorite TV shows that you love watching, even in reruns OR “rerun” one of your favorite blog posts from the past!

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