Up To Here…

I think I have reached my limit.  It’s happened before, but never to this extent.  I can’t take another moment of Facebook.  It seems like my friends are posting one of three things these days:

1)  Immigration/ Obama News. 

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First of all, the people who post things like this are people who I expect more of.  That is my first problem, I guess.  I have expectations for people…  I always want to tell them, “Hey!  Try some empathy!”  I know that the biggest issue is that they are ignorant.  Living in a multi-cultural community can make a difference in how you view others in the world.  Living in another country makes an even bigger difference!  I am not saying that it is okay to break the law, but there are reasons why mamas are sending their babies off to another country to live.  There are reasons why teenagers risk abuse, rape, murder, etc. to cross multiple country borders, ride trains, pay coyotes, walk in deserts, etc.

And while I know everyone wants to sneer at Obama’s amnesty for immigrants–remember, he also has deported more immigrants than any other American president…

And how about thinking about what you are posting–and how it might effect the people who read it.  Cause no offense..

2)  News on Ferguson/ Racial News

That continues with this.  Think about who you might be offending!  Facebook can hurt or harm other people when you post little bits of hatred.  I first found out about the verdict of the Ferguson trial via Facebook.  The same people who post immigration posts also post the following:

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I know everyone has an opinion about what happened, what should happen, etc.  Complaining or spreading hatred on Facebook isn’t going to change that.  It just makes people like me want to block you.

3)  This elf again.

I realize that this doesn’t seem as serious as the previous two posts, but seriously, people… Enough already.  You did this last year.  Bah Humbug.

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If you want your children to behave, is the best way to model that with an elf who does naughty things (but supposedly reports to Santa)?

I love seeing photos of cute kids.  I love seeing how my friends decorate for various holidays–or just in general.  I love to celebrate successes when someone needs some encouragement.  I am being pushed past my limit of understanding.  For my own sake, I need a break.  Ugh.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What I am thankful for:

10). Work
I love that I get paid to promote literacy. Which means if ever I need to read something no one thinks it is strange to walk in my office and see me with my nose in a book!
9). Selflessness
Our workers just walked out the door after spending the night with us. I won’t see them again until February or March. I appreciate what they do…
8). Land of my birth and the land of my choice
‘Merica and Messico.
7). Health
<I watched a video clip about this teenager with MS. She would run into the arms of her coach at the end of racing long distance. I take for granted my health–and I don't do enough to take care of my body.
6). A strong mind
Learning is what makes me ‘tick.’
5). My family
Supportive, somewhat crazy, so loving
4). A healthy and happy baby
Despite her newly found ability to throw hissy fits, she is a happy little girl. Rarely sick. Smart as can be. My treasure.
3). A loving husband
More loving when he is fed… Glad God led me to him and him to me!
2). God’s plan
So much better than my plan for myself.
1). Jesus’s love and sacrifice
No words needed.

Nerd Alert.

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When I was thirteen, my brother’s friend was always so proud of being a “nerd.”  She would, with relish, call me a nerd too (like it was something to be proud about…)  I didn’t want to be a nerd.  I wanted to be cool.  Or at least halfway cool.

I am embracing my inner nerd.

If being excited about learning makes me a nerd, bring it on.  If wanting to tell everyone else about what I am learning is nerdy, bring it on.  If hanging on each word my professor speaks causes others to give me a scarlet “N,” bring it on!  If referencing classical literature…

I am taking a course right now about instructional practices, and I can’t believe everything I am learning!  When I talk to my professor asking “I wonder…” questions, she encourages me (quite enthusiastically) to explore those topics.  So I am.  With gusto.

In addition, I am finding a lot of areas within the class where I can practice coaching my colleagues.  Secretly, I ask them questions to encourage them to elaborate or think beyond what they’ve said to explore other facets.  I am practicing being a good listener–something I struggle with due to my over-excitability.  I am learning to let others finish their own sentences, and show them that they matter by being present in our conversations.  Our teacher says, “The greatest gift you can give someone is to be a present listener.  Listen with your eyes, your ears, and your heart.”  Sigh.  Please, oh teacher, tell me more.  I am hanging on your every word.

Oh, wait, that’s nerdy, you say?  Webster’s agrees:  “One slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits.”

That’s me.