You know, Don Quixote had the right idea.... Be nearsighted, fight anything that moves! No, not really. Another day at school... I have wonderful kids.... a few challenging ones, and a few too many of those at the same time, in the same room, during the last hour of the day... Kind of feels like they have already mentally "got on the bus." But it's only day seven. I have learned to think positively about all kinds of new attempts I make to get things to "g" with them. If it is a successful attempt, I'm pleased, determine to try it again (but not very soon for it won't work always and often). If it isn't too successful, I'm kind of glad to know that, and I mentally file it in "Things not to do again for a while." Today we listened to "Ironic" by Alanis Morrisette to study the irony in "The Sniper" (A sad Irish tale where the sniper ends up shooting his own brother by mistake.) You'd be surprised how many kids said, "This song has that many words? I've never heard them before..." Now, isn't that ironic, Alanis? The premise was good, the laptops were a bit stubborn about going online and Youtube was slaggy.... But it was solid. I'm going to enjoy this evening. Two dear friends are bringing pizza down to my mom and me. This is two weeks since our lives changed forever. It is so kind of people to try to do things to help friends get through it. And I got a new laptop today to use while I'm teaching at this school (one or maybe two years). How cool is that? My ironic story was about Daddy's wedding ring. He had worn it for nearly 57 years when he got so ill and skinny this summer. He lost it and was simply devastated. He searched, retraced his steps, tried everything, called.. no ring. Of course, we had to clean out his car to wash it and get ready for the funeral procession. My son found the ring. It seemed to hard to take, but I am sure he was pleased we found it, and he would have been pleased to know it wasn't lost for good. Irony is sometimes funny, but often just a bit of a stab in the heart... Well, off to make an Italian salad for my friends.... Have a fun night.