Brinkmanship #midnighthaiku

I was struck with this beautiful writing, describing how we view the start of our day and the choices we make. “The dawn brings it’s own gifts. My daily task is to see them.” YES! I’m a teacher, and this is what I do every day. “Children bring their own gifts. My daily task is to see them.”

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Rising in silence
Spirit of sorrow and joy
Erasing the night

I watch the sun rise from my doorstep. Inside, the humdrum necessities await. Outside, the small dog explores the garden with the same excitement every morning. Birds sing, the weather, fair or foul, reveals itself and adds its definition to the possibilities to come. I am poised on the brink of belief.

I have a choice. I can face the day ahead with weariness, plodding through its demands, resentment building. I can accept the daily gauntlet of challenges. Or embrace them with open arms, knowing that what comes, must be. The dawn brings its own gifts. My daily task is to see them.

For Colleen’s anniversary challenge

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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10 Responses to Brinkmanship #midnighthaiku

  1. Part of the teacher’s credo for sure!

  2. Norah says:

    I very much agree, Jennie. The children bring their own gifts and it is the task of the teacher, and the parent, to see them and help them shine.

  3. Lovely choice to share, Jennie. Beautiful — and so was your commentary. Hugs!

  4. Thank you for sharing, Jennie. This is both inspiring and beautiful.

    • Jennie says:

      I thought so, too. I immediately thought of teachers and how it’s the same thing- your outlook makes all the difference in the world for a child. Best to you, Tonya!

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