Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder…

The frigid and snowy Iowa weather has finally started to put a damper on lessons! The past two weeks, school has been cancelled a total of three days, with two early outs also. These cancellations resulted in nearly all of my lessons being cancelled last week and this week. And while it has been great to catch up on lesson planning and other computer work, not being able to see my regular kids is bumming me out. As they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder!


So, in response to not being able to teach for the last month, I decided to dedicate this blog post to the top ten things that have happened while working with kids so far during my service.


In no particular order…


1. The 8th grader that was SO hesitant to try three bean salad, tried it and had such of a look of relief, followed by “it really wasn’t that bad”

2. All the kids who tried my bean dip (I feed it to kids a lot…) and said that it was delicious despite the fact that it looks pretty questionable

3. The 3rd and 4th graders at Carrie Lee who try my samples, if only for the stickers

4. The hugs and enthusiasm from my kindergartners and 1st graders, who trust me with their taste buds every week

5. The parent telling me that she made the fruit dip recipe I sent home (Yay! People actually read what I send home!)

6. All the kids who tell me which food groups they are eating at lunch (“This hamburger is protein!”)

7. The look on kids faces as they pull carrots out of the ground

8. Every time I make something and the kids ask for the recipe

9. Talking to a parent whose normally reserved child said Wellness Wednesdays were “AWESOME!”

10. 45 kindergartners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders, plus 10 high schoolers running around the gym at John Cline having a complete blast



I mean, how could you not miss these faces?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *