Picture of Flowers at Home; Samsung Galaxy/Instagram
Spring is here. Even after all that snow, it remains cloudy day after day. Only this past Sunday did we have SUN!!!! I think this Saturday and Sunday there will be sun too, shining that is, not obscured by clouds.
That meant that the butterfly and egg gardens were cleaned up and there are daffodils and tulips growing. Sometimes gardening whether it is flowers or vegetables can give you a sense of wholeness, being a part of nature and surviving the real world. The real world that has a latch on you that you can feel so weary from the stress of just being a part of that world. It is also giving back to nature which will reward you later, healthy food and flowers that you can bring to the table or share with your family and friends.
A part of this natural world that does not demand from me, the 'necessity' to conform, just contribute and get something in return - spiritually, mentally, physically and cognitively.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs
Now and then, reality comes crashing down...
Who here remembers the Twin Towers, Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania? I do not need to mention when.
The craziness comes again to a national event ... Boston Marathon. While we can see the symbolism of the trio from 9/11, what happened at the Boston Marathon is truly senseless.
I asked my assistant today if the students were talking about the Boston Marathon, nope, when only a few months ago there was a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary in Massachusetts. Even a boy aged 8 died from the explosion. Adults got hurt and it boils down to we don't know what or why this happened. With the addition of a third victim, a Chinese national, this transcends the American soil into a global scene, just as with the Twin Towers.
I wonder if there were any deaf or hard of hearing marathoners on that day. I know of a few marathoners who are deaf or hard of hearing, it would be fantastic to have an interview with them to get a sense of what they went through and how being different helped them or in other ways how this type of crisis can help aid in developing better communication skills and interaction with others who challenge themselves to go above and beyond the limitations imposed by society. Nonetheless, my heart goes out to all the marathoners, spectators, families, and first responders as this tragedy gets cleaned up.
In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. ~Henry David Thoreau
I have the above quote in the classroom.
As always you can go search and follow the Boston Marathon bombing, thought I would add a link: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/16/us/boston-marathon-explosions/index.html?iid=article_sidebar
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.