Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Education & Family

Saturday, May 21, 2011

My husband and I do not get to the movie theater often. When we take the time to go, we try to make sure that it is to see a movie that both of us will enjoy. 99% of the time, the audience surrounding us is made up of adults. We seldom attend children's movies – unless our grandchildren are visiting.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

In the past week, I celebrated my 71st birthday and Mother's Day. Accordingly, I received quite a few cards.

As I read the cards, it dawned on me that I had better live up to the sentiments that were expressed. When people have a vision of you and they look hard to find a card that describes that vision, they mean what the words say.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Do you know the song "Toyland?" One of the lines from that song remains with me – "Once you pass its borders, you can never return again." It is a reference to the joys of childhood – the magic, the wonder, the imagination, and the carefree attitude.

So true – once we leave childhood, the pressures of the world set in and we lose a lot of our innocent happiness.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A little friend of mine from the library stopped me to have a hug. Ever since I left the position of Children's Librarian, I have been running into kids who knew me as "Miss Ginny." They stop me in the grocery store, at the beach, in Brookgreen Gardens, on the street in Georgetown, at Wal-Mart – just about everywhere. Whenever we visit South Carolina, I can count on seeing a few of my former library friends.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Recently, a mother wrote to me and told me that she feels like a failure because her son is going to fail the school year. I told her that she is not alone. At this time of the school year, many parents are knocking on the principal's door complaining – "My child is going to fail. Help!"

The most difficult decision that a teacher has to make is whether or not to fail a child. When that happens, most teachers feel like failures, too. Failure of any kind affects us. Our self-esteem suffers and we get depressed. There is a strong negative psychological impact.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I keep an old photo in my wallet. It shows seven little girls, standing in an arranged row by height (I'm sure my mother ordered that). The three Wells Sisters are interspersed with our neighborhood playmates. The photo was probably taken around 1950.

We were all standing in the terraced front yard of our home in Mauch Chunk, PA. Our yard was the playground for all the kids in the neighborhood. Actually, we were the only ones on our street with a front yard. Everyone else might have had a small back yard, but the front of the homes went right up to the pavement.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

When I lived in Pennsylvania, I could never plant a garden. Our yard was always shaded and all we grew well was moss and ivy. Once I tried a pot of cherry tomatoes, but even after carrying it around to the sunshine, all we got were a few hard little green marbles.

After we moved to South Carolina, I was determined to try growing some vegetables. So, we bought some good topsoil, dug a garden, and planted onions, peppers, eggplant, green beans, and snow peas. I watered and watched and waited for the first little shoots to appear.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Certain words should be banished from our vocabulary. In particular, I detest hearing "could have, should have, would have" coming out of people's mouths. By the time they say those words, the event is over, so the words are wasted.

Parents are especially wrong when they use those words to their children. For instance, if a father says "You should have slowed down. The cop wouldn't have stopped you for speeding if you would have been driving the speed limit." Duh. No kidding, Dad. Why even say that? It's so darn obvious.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

When I was young, a joke made the rounds. What’s black and white and red all over? Actually, what was being said was “What’s black and white and READ all over?” The answer, of course, was “A newspaper.”
Some of us silly teenagers decided to extend the joke a little. Three of our alternate answers were – “An embarrassed zebra,” “a sunburned penguin” and “A bashful nun.” I’m certain that you can think of some other possible answers.
The original joke – with the answer “a newspaper” – reminded me that our newspapers aren’t quite as “read all over” as they used to be.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

One of my loyal readers wrote me an email to tell me "You talk about getting old too often." Well, dear reader, you'd better stop reading now, because this column fits that topic. And, welcome to my world. I write about what I know. Getting older is a very familiar feeling. When you consider the alternative, I suppose we should all be grateful for living a long life.

When we bought our Ocala home, it came fully furnished. We would not have needed to buy one thing or move one thing from our Pawleys Island home. However, we did buy some stuff and we did move some stuff.