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I enjoy attending the annual Spelling Bee when it is held at the school. It is fun to watch the young boys and girls spell those challenging words and realize how much they have learned in their short lives. Spelling Bees in my youth were different. We actually had a spell-off or bee in our own classroom and after winning that you went on to compete with other class winners within the school. The school winner would then compete at a county bee.
Our lives are really not our own. Even though we may feel that we have total control over our own life, the reality is that we don't own that control. Our life is closely intertwined and meshed with others in ways that mean every decision we make, every move we take and every person we know is connected in some way to another. When we make our choices in life it is bound to affect someone. Naturally it will affect those closest to us, our family and friends, but it can also affect total strangers. For that reason it is important to put a lot of thought and consideration into our choices.
I believe in Santa Claus At this time of year it is easy to believe in things unseen, unknown and sometimes, just plain unbelievable. When it comes to certain things, like Santa Claus, believing is a form of hope, joy, love and wonder. All you need to do to believe in the concept of Santa is to look at a child when they sit on his lap or read the letters they write. Each is filled with emotions strong and hopeful. Even though they can't quite understand the entire concept, they still believe. This faith in the unknown and unseen is important as children grow into adulthood.
Christmas is coming whether we are ready or not. Now that Thanksgiving is over we are officially in the Christmas season. It doesnt really matter if we are ready for it, the days before this blessed holiday are steadily getting fewer. For me it came up rather quickly. It seems that fall and hunting season are just over (I did not get a deer this year) and I am still packing away all the clothes and other items needed from those weeks.
This issue of the Record is dated 11-11-10. The 11th day of the 11th month is significant because nearly 100 years ago that day was designated as a day to remember. It recognized the anniversary of the armistice of World War I in 1918 and was originally named Armistice Day. The word, armistice, means "a temporary stopping of warfare by mutual agreement, a truce preliminary to the signing of a peace treaty or agreement." According to some documents, the first "Armistice" Day was observed on November 10, 1918.
This is a great time of the year for reading. In my opinion any time of year is good for reading but fall and winter just seem to be better for curling up in a comfy chair and reading a good book. In the fall, when students are going back to school, it is also a good time to appreciate the people who taught you to read. The teachers, parents and volunteers who spent hours helping you sound out words, memorize phonetics and listen as you struggled through those first books. I have many people I could thank for this but one particular teacher stands out in my mind. Mrs.
Turn troubles into triumphs It is pretty rare to sail through life without any problems. To never encounter difficulties or troubles. AIt's even more rare to always feel on top of the world and ready to take on any challenge. Life just isn't that easy. It is sometimes easy to feel down and out when faced with problems. You may have a serious illness or the death of a loved one to cause distress. An argument, job loss, financial problems, stress at home or work or even trouble with children or parents can bring on a feeling of depression.
Clearing off the garden is not as much fun as planting it. Tuesday night I braved the semi-muddy conditions in my garden to clean off the rest of the plants and produce. It was a sad time, not just because of the work and time spent on this process but because it meant the end of another growing season. It is always so much fun and even exciting to plant the garden in the spring. The newly tilled soil is warm and ready for the tiny plants fresh from a nursery. There seems to be endless room as you plot the rows and predict how each thing will grow and spread.
There is a common phrase - it is the thought that counts. Something said quite often, especially when you don't really like the action that was taken, gift given or words stated. It is a good statement to make as long as it is true. I have often wondered when someone makes that statement if they realize what they are saying.
It is back-to time again. Back-to-school, back-to-college, back-to-work, back-to-fall, back to reality! For some, back-to time can be difficult. Young parents sending their child to his or her first day of school may shed a few tears. Parents sending their child to his or her first day of college may have the same sentiment. School employees and others who have the summer off may be ready to get back to work but also sad that the summer break is over. This time of year can also be of mixed emotions for students.