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So. First Reconciliation this afternoon, after soccer all morning, basketball and flippaball last night, with a bit of work at school at lunchtime today. That was Saturday and it's not over yet. But wonderful weather, albeit a little chilly if facing South. SO I guess something's coming.

News of late? David Bain? Guilty. That's what we say. But maybe no one will ever know. He should be left in peace now. But now, of course, he'll try for compensation. Tennis? I'm so very very glad about Federer - hope he wins the final. Soccer? Chelsea won something. I don't care any more. I pretty much stopped following them when I felt that they became a pay-for-your-players-from-anywhere-factory (not so different from another team I know so well LOL). I used to have a Chelsea shirt, too. Cricket? The Netherlands beat England in a 20-20 match. LMAO. I sound grumpy, huh. I had a week from hell and it's showing now. I just want to curl up in a corner and relax with a good book. Wishful thinking *snort*

The Reconciliation was actually lovely. The children look so innocent as they sit on the stool opposite the priest and as he stretches his hand over their heads to give them absolution, it's really rather beautiful. The children were so nervous too, one burst into tears just before the whole thing started! I'm glad that's done for now though. We're doing Confirmation in September.

And as for the week from hell? Well, I'll get over it. Tough classes. Very bad girls, who are bad for everyone but just happen to be in a 'gang of seven' in my very large class (26 students, one special needs, many ESOL, seven big boys from the college down the road, a real cultural mix, one Vietnamese, two Chinese, one Japanese, one Filipino, three Maori, one Tongan, more than eight Samoan, one Ethiopian, three Assyrian, two Indian... the list goes on). Damn those option lines. I was almost ready to throw in the towel but we really just have to be tough, huh. We just do. I think it's what God would want, even. Struggle, do your best, run the good race blah blah. I just wish it were a LITTLE easier ;-)


Jun. 6th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC)
Work sounds tough at the moment - hang in there! We can tell from some of the events you describe that you're making a difference!

We don't really care about soccer since all the big league teams became 'pay-for-anything' as you said! Cricket and Rugby have more genuine 'local' interest and when a team wins you know it isn't down to how much money the 'owner' has! Yet world class soccer, to watch purely as an event, is still 'the beautiful game'.
Jun. 6th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Oh I agree, a great game of soccer is pure ecstasy to watch. We really love it. Today I watched Finn's and Asher's games and they were pretty fun even!!

Work is so busy, so demanding, but it does still have some wonderful moments. Just... not so much this week. Although at our pastoral meeting the week before I said how great one girl has been, and the Dean asked me to phone her mother to say so, and I was a bit hesitant but I did that the other day and her mother was just so pleased, that it made it worth the effort! So I guess there are blessings!
Jun. 6th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
At one school I worked in we used to send a postcard to the parents if a child had been really special/wonderful. It had the added advantage that the postman had probably glanced at it too!!! And it would, I think, be put up somewhere prominent in the house and remind everyone!! We made them quite a rare thing and they were valued!!
Jun. 6th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
The postcard thing is great. Maybe I could have a set for my Mercy Crew members. I have a feeling our Science department does the cards, not sure.

It's nice to spread a little joy around, isn't it!
Jun. 6th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Our daughter's school does this, and we've had two such cards and did indeed put them up on our noticeboard. It's a great idea.
Jun. 7th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
-did indeed put them up on our noticeboard. It's a great idea.
I love that! We have used the fridge and mantelpiece over the years. Children love to have those things on display, huh. I think it's really - uh, validating for them really *g* and we can be proud parents!!!



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