The most cherished object in my house is an old butcher block table that my husband gave me as a 20th wedding anniversary present. The most beautiful gift has been from the teacher who introduced me to Ashtanga yoga at the YMCA. I admired the necklace she was wearing which  she had bought in Mysore, and she took it off and gave it to me. I want to be like that. and the best gift I’ve ever given has always been food.

I had a challenging class of first graders one year and as a way of teaching them how to write a simple paragraph with instructions, a demonstrated how to make  a strawberry shortcake during class. I sliced and sugared the strawberries, whipped and sweetened the cream, and then built the shortcakes that I had pre-made at home. you know how kids are quiet when they are watching TV? well it was like that. There was total silence while they were eating, and then Jeremiah, my lesson in humility for that year said: and I quote-“this is the most beautiful moment of my life”.


2 thoughts on “Treasures

  1. This is the best story ever! omg. I love the way you told it & I love that touching surprise ending!
    Congratulations on your impressive 2010 journey, many victories and epiphanies.
    We loved reading 5ft2 and we are looking forward to this year with your wonderful new project and web site.
    Thanks for everything!

    • Susan! I can’t figure out how to comment on your articles at your site. Today’s “words” has been with me
      all day. Thanks for following me here. Teaching is hard as you know but it has great moments right?

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