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When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

The following verse was sent to me by my mom yesterday. Unfortunately, I do not know the original author. Please, if you know who wrote this verse, let me know so appropriate credit can be cited. This is so true and just confirms how important each of our jobs as parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend, example is. The children definitely are our future and our legacy.


A message every adult should read because children
are watching you and doing as you do, no t as you say.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a
stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my
favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it’s all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of
life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I looked at you and
wanted to say, ‘Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn’t looking.’

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend)
influences the life of a child.

How will you touch the life of someone today? Just by
sending this to someone else, you will probably make
them at least think about their influence on others.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.



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Random thoughts towards the weekend

Wow, I have a lot on my brain that I want to share. There are someĀ  interesting things that have happened this week or have crossed my computer or desk.

First of all, welcome to our new Kindermusik families and thanks so much to those who are visiting and trying us out. I hope you felt welcome and that you can see the immense benefits Kindermusik can have on your child’s life. Feel free to contact me at any time if I can answer any questions or help in any way.

We read for the record yesterday! I have the envelope with our participation verifications ready to go out in today’s mail. I am so impressed by my incredible classes. Even the toddlers sat through the Corduroy book. They are going to be excellent students when they get to school! I hope you enjoy the book over and over again at home.

A new reading website for you. Robert Munsch is a terrific author that I use often in class. In fact, the Hello Weather classes will soon be hearing Mud Puddle – a hilarious story about a little girl who keeps getting attacked by a mud puddle and how she conquers it. My most favorite Robert Munsch book in the whole collection is Love You Forever. Every family should own this book. Every mother should read this book. It is a testimony to parent love that cannot be matched. However, this is the one book you will never hear me read publicly – especially in class – because I cannot read it (silently or out loud) without crying. You can hear Mr. Munsch read it himself here. I am warning you – close the door, make a cup of tea and get a box of tissues. You are going to need them.

Recently, I have had some challenges in my life outside of Kindermusik where, though I am dedicated, cheerful, upbeat, optomistic, encouraging it seems I meet criticism (unfair in my opinion) and am being challenged on what I am trying to achieve. Really, this is a minor thing, but as anyone who knows me will tell you, I love to keep people happy and I love to help and I love to be happy. These challenges can really bring me down and can consume my thoughts and energy if I am not careful. I’ve been praying about doing a better job letting the small stuff go (at least now I can realize it is small stuff) but I’ve still been dwelling on it some. This morning, through the Yahoogroup I belong to made up of people from my high school graduating class, I was introduced to Randy Pausch and his “Last Lecture”. WOW WOW WOW – thank you, God, this is the little kick I needed to move on. I am suspecting as I did some research on the internet, that I quite possibly am the only person that has NOT heard this, but just in case, I am posting a reprise of his lecture here for you. I hope it motivates you and inspires you in the way it did for me. The complete lecture is at YouTube and I will post it in the vodpod. The full lecture is over an hour long, but this reprise is only 12 minutes long. I guarantee, it will be time well spent.

Enjoy your weekend, live life to the fullest, and hug those kids for me. I’ll see you soon.

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