Today was rough except for school. My three year old went to her daycare/school today and before my wife drove her we were talking about school. I asked her if she was excited to see her best friend today and she answered, "She doesn't like me any more." My heart broke right there. She said she still had a couple friends there though. Then when my wife picked her up today after work, three girls went up to my daughter and just screamed in her face while Francie just hung her head. My wife was in tears as she told me this when they got home. My first question was, "Did the teacher deal with it?" and she did by telling the girls to stop it and that it wasn't nice. But I seriously want/wanted to injure those three little kids who were mean to my girl. I'm going in tomorrow morning to talk to the teacher about the situation. I will pretty much do anything to keep my daughter from getting her feelings hurt. Parenting is so hard, I swear. I know I won't sleep tonight because I have the image of her beautiful little head hanging down while her peers screamed at her. That picture may stay with me forever. I know my wife will never forget it.
New school goal for the year: Do anything I can to ensure that my classroom is a completely safe place for each and every single student. I need to treat all of them as if they were my own and let nothing emotionally damaging happen to them. I feel like my classroom has always been pretty much bully-free but there will no margin this year.
That felt like therapy.
After Life by Joan Didion
This is an amazing essay. In a nutshell, Joan Didion, wonderful writer, is preparing dinner one night and talking to her husband of 40 years who is in an adjacent room when he falls silent. She goes in to check on him and he is on the ground, dead from a massive coronary event. Didion later turned this essay into her book, The Year of Magical Thinking.
Essay: 10 of 10
The only way to describe the essay is that it just raw emotion. She wrote it about eight months after the death and it is obviously still haunting her. She ruminates on loss, grief, and how to carry on. It's heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time.
Teachability: 6 of 10
From a stylistic standpoint, I'd give it a 10 because it is so well-written. Content, however, may not grab the students. Adults would love it though.