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And here I am, utterly exhausted as usual! I just can't stay awake. I've been working on Safe tonight, getting ready for the holidays already *g* and I keep closing my eyes so I'm going to go to bed. It's just after half past ten here so I guess that'll qualify for an early night! It's been a really busy couple of - ooh, was that an earthquake? - anyway, busy couple of days at school, even though I haven't been teaching much. There are so many other things I have to do as a head of department, so many little details that need attending to. We've been sorting resources and textbooks. And I created a new award for prizegiving, the Year 12 'Labouring in God's vineyard' award for a practical commitment to Social Justice! I have two girls in mind for that one. They've both been so good with Caritas, Amnesty International, the orphanage drive for Malawi, the Night Commute for Uganda, and with their contribution to my ethics debates. They really deserve recognition.

I did a good Year 9 lesson today on Ranginui and Papatuanuku, Sky Father and Earth Mother - the Maori creation story. I used some images from the net and put them on a powerpoint while I read the story to the girls - they were tired, last lesson on a Friday and just before that they'd been at the pool down the road for swimming, so they wanted to rest! Mind you, we had prayers at the end of the lesson and they didn't want to finish and go home!

I also popped out to get Finn fitted for his new uniform just before lunch. On the way back to his school, he did some great nerd impressions wearing his new sunhat. I can see private school isn't going to change him too much *g* it was expensive though, he needed a tie (snort), three grey shirts, one white (white on Fridays), a blazer (luckily a friend gave me her son's old one yesterday although it has no buttons!), shorts, sports tracksuit, garters (snigger), a sun hat, a jersey, a totally black school bag, a sports bag (take your gear in on Monday, take it home on Friday)... at the end of it I said to him, as I handed over my credit card, 'Guess what you're getting for Christmas?' 'What?' 'A school uniform.' He wasn't impressed with my humour. I really want to get him an electric violin, but there goes a few more hundred dollars... we'd need an amp as well. OMG!

So my life goes on. I like it most of the time. I'm going to go to bed, sleep, get up, clean, tidy and do some writing. Although Christy is very keen to go to some play out in Porirua tomorrow afternoon. Argh. Once she gets an idea, she nags. And nags.
The world is in a little more turmoil but sometimes just dealing with my corner is enough for me. I feel so fortunate that I have never had to be dragged from my home, become a refugee or been sent to any kind of detention camp. For that, today, I am truly grateful.

And bedtime reading? I'm reminiscing with Shogun, to embrace the lack of planning for lessons. Breakfast reading, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. Wonderful stuff.

Ka kite... *waves to you*


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Nov. 23rd, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
I agree with you that we have led very privileged lives!

'...Dog in the Night Time' is good, isn't it? Reminded me in some ways of parts of 'The Bone People'. And that one I recced the other day, 'Vintage' is in the same genre - kids with problems with society.
Nov. 24th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
Vintage. I'll get it as soon as I can.

Dog in the Night TIme is really good. I feel like I'm getting right inside the boy's head. Brilliant.
Nov. 23rd, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
the Year 12 'Labouring in God's vineyard' award for a practical commitment to Social Justice!

That's a great idea.
Nov. 24th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
Thanks. There is a Year 13 award but it includes the academic and practical sides of things combined, and I wanted something to encourage the active angle for the girls going into Year 13 next year. It was fun coming up with a title. The other award has a Maori title, but I wanted something more... spiritual *g*
Nov. 24th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
I really like the name of your award, - very much indeed, it says a lot!!!

Ranginui and Papatuanuku is one of my favourite Maori myths, I love the version at Te Papa, I could sit in that little dark room all day, listening and watching, it has a haunting quality which will stay with me forever, I will watch it again some day... maybe I could go there with you sometime....?
Nov. 24th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
-it has a haunting quality which will stay with me forever, I will watch it again some day... maybe I could go there with you sometime....?
Will I really ever see you again? It would be great. It really would.
Nov. 25th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
We will definitely come back and visit sometime, it won't be just yet... but I can't imagine staying away forever, far too many people and places I love so much on your side of the world... and when I come I hope we will spend time drinking coffee together again, and other things too!.... ka kite ano!
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