Connections - starting the day with about 40. I'm sure I'll end with more. I had to remember to make my connection to God this morning. All the work I put into preparing for the daily connections will be for naught if I don't remember my greatest connection. When I get that one functioning first off, the day doesn't seem so much like a leaky hose connection.
Yesterday, at Starbucks, I tried to connect with it. Nothing doing. I wrote the word. I wrote its definition. I wrote synonyms in a list. I wrote words to rhyme with it. I just started writing whatever I was thinking. I was getting angry with it. My writing, usually done on the computer, was being scrawled in large, messy ink in a notepad - fast, furious, and of no help whatsoever.
I had just spent the past couple of days getting ready for the yearly Dr. Seuss Community Read Aloud. Readers must have been harder to find this year, or because there was a new coordinator, she was late handing out assignments and some readers must have dropped out... at any rate, two days before the event I learned of my assignment - a fourth grade group. By late afternoon, I was asked if I might do the first grade at that same school. And then yesterday they asked if I'd mind reading to a group of 3 year olds and a second preschool group of 4 year olds. Being me, I accepted all the groups. So yesterday, I made one more trip to the public library to find more books, and last night, I was sorting through my pile to see what would really work and give me extra in case 30 minutes turned into 45, or books read faster than I thought they would!
I connected with a website I'd used before and made little books for the preschoolers and first graders to take home. I fretted about some excerpts to read to fourth graders... I made a connection to a book I'd read years ago to my third graders and one I'd read last year to a group of 5th graders. Perfect! Wait. One more. I decided I'd also connect the fourth graders to a picture book.
I packed my bags. It would be an all-day event. Water. I'd need water, a snack and gum.
Then it dawned on me. I'd spent all yesterday (give or take a few hours) connecting with four classes that I hadn't even met yet. I'd spent time emailing their teachers to get an idea of the numbers and to let them know I'd be there. I tried to get to know them as much as I could beforehand. I tried to think of things I would say to them, so they could connect with me, a stranger coming into their room to "take charge" and read to them.
I realized that I'd spent the days prior to this event making connections with kids, schools, teachers and books...all in connection with Dr. Seuss' birthday. This day was going to be full of connections - grand, healthy, happy connections where I connected my love of reading to my need for reading, my love for teaching with my need for teaching, my love for helping with, I guess, my need for helping! This was going to be a day chock full of connections!
Connection - an acrostic
How are your connections today?
I'm excited to read other connections to Connection today for Spiritual Thursday at Dori Reads. Won't you join me there where we are connecting today?