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As a teacher, it is always a bonus to get sweet little things from students. There was no exception for this Valentine’s Day. Kids usually like to draw their own Valentines or stick a candy or chocolate on their card. I always have to set a class time aside for them to give out their lovely Valentines to each other. I don’t promote it but somehow they all know how to do it, amazing! Last week I gave them a period in the afternoon to finish their heart-shaped pocket and then hand out the cards to each other.
 
I got quite a pocketful of treats and sweet Valentine’s as well. While I was opening the cards, I noticed that one particular note was from a parent. In two simple sentences, she thanked me for taking all these children in and treating them as my own. Those simple words brought tears to my eyes. I have no word but heart-felt emotions churning inside me………………….
 
I guess the class was all too excited about the treats and cards. Someone accidently knocked down the cup filled with water and the flowers that I just received from my secret Valentine (my colleague, note 1). I was very disappointed that the person who tipped the cup did not say anything right away and the water spilled all over my desk. My Valentine’s Day ended with a sour note that I had to throw out all the paper and to clean up the massive mess on my desk.
 
The next morning while I was in my class getting ready for the day, a parent peeked in my room and said, “Yes, she is in there.” Behind her was her son who had a small bundle of roses in his hand. The mother told me that the child asked her to get a small bundle of roses for me because he said that my Valentine’s flowers were ruined yesterday and I wouldn’t have flowers for myself. I couldn’t believe my ears because the child is such a typical jumpy boy and who would have believed that he is so sensitive and thoughtful inside? He comes from a single parent family and they live on a very tight budget. I am just grateful for their kind thoughts. The boy later made a comment that the bad thing about roses is that they are full of thorns and people can get hurt. Well, my boy, the thorns may prick me but the pain is worth it.
 
All of these little things made my days, every single one of them. How can I not treat these children as my own? They are my Valentines!
 

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I have been really busy lately. It is getting closer to the time for writing report cards which are due at the end of this month. Although I don't have time to write much for my blog, I do want to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day with your loved one or loved ones. 

For the people I love and the people who love me (even just a little bit), have a chocolate for yourself when you think of me. Here is an article from a newspaper site about "love at first sight". http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2008/02/13/pf-4845130.html 

Do you believe it? Judge it yourself.



February 13, 2008

Most Canadians believe in love at first sight

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It's your New Year Eve there in Taiwan. You must be all sitting together and enjoying the dinner. I wish all of you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year!

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Savage Garden: a two-men band broke up in 2002. I like quite a few of their songs. The followings were a few of my favourite songs, I knew I loved you and Truly Madly Deeply.

If you like these songs, go and buy their albums.





Affirmation

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I have gone out to shovel the driveway twice this morning. While I was clearing the snow off the driveway, I joked with my retired neighbour next door who was doing exactly the same thing because we were worried that the snow would get too heavy to lift later on. I made a comment that I would pray that the street plower (the truck with a big pusher in the front) would be “kinder and gentler” today. We both laughed and shook our heads after I said that. Of course not!
 
The plowers seem to time their arrivals every single time. They always, I mean “always”, show up right after I have cleared the snow off the property and then dumped the snow from the street back onto the driveway again, which, of course, blocks the entire entrance to every single driveway on the street. If you were out when that happened, you wouldn’t be able to drive back in. If you happened to be in the house, you wouldn’t be able to leave your house with your car. YOU WOULD BE TRAPPED!
 
After my first shoveling this morning, I left for an emergency doctor appointment, I came back home an hour later and sure enough, my driveway was blocked. Thank Goodness that I had shoveled and piled some snow onto the front yard before I left. At least, the load would be lighter. So, back to square one, I had to shovel it all over again.
 
I have been enjoying the snowy view from the comfort of my home for the whole day. The old man winter has returned and it is still lingering as we speak. It seems that the snow does not intend to leave. It has been snowing solid for the entire day. My inner voice tells me that I should go out and do some shoveling again and forget about my Yoga class. But, DO I HAVE TO?
 
The only good thing came out of today was that I had a snow day. All schools were closed for the day. Oh, I could not even imagine driving to school and back in stormy winter weather like today. Often, the school district would only cancel school buses for students but schools would still be open for students who usually walk to school, which means that teachers still have to report to school for duty. Teachers often say that if it was too dangerous for school buses to take students to school in a stormy snowy weather, why on earth would it be all right for the teachers to risk their lives to drive to school? We drive on the same city streets, don’t we? Why don’t they close all the schools instead of cancelling buses only? Are teachers’ lives not as valuable as the drivers’ and students’? (It is a logical argument but it is kind of petty. Hehehe…)
 

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