Friday, January 15, 2010

Today is the "Cumulative" Final!


What does cumulative mean? It means that you will be responsible for all of the content of the class from the first day. Uh, oh! 3 am my handsome other man in the house darkened my door to my bleary eyes. In silence we knew...Today is the day! I stood next to him in the doorway at open house when the teacher rattled a bunch of does and don'ts and the only thing I came away with was cumulative. Uh, oh! Today is the day! Is he ready? Is he alert? Is he fed? That is my business, these days. He went through 10,000 years of human history with his teacher in one semester and all I can say is. Uh, oh! Today is the cumulative final. All of the histories of my discussions on finals with Dad flood my mind and every point that I passed and failed sit on my shoulders. Thanks Dad. He seems to walk beside me and calm me down from my rantings where I would imitate him. No! don't yell at him, tell him that you love him either way, pass or fail, win or lose. I hear you, Dad, I say. I wish I could hug him one more time, but he's implanted so much of himself in me that there is nothing left to hug. Cumulative!

2 comments:

Joanne Bodden said...

Exponential~ is a tad bit more hunh? In his book of a few years ago Hill Harper calls our children the new & improved version He tells them that If Einstein came back today he would not be able to get gas for his car or get money out of the ATM. Can we spark that knowledge & that love of learning? so that we don't just repeat what we've learned but we also build upon it. Great post thanks

Jayne said...

I love it! Qunatum Learning! If they just do what they are told it will be exponential learning. He says he thinks he did okay. Now I hope he sleeps off his studying fit. I like seeing how people study without fear as a motivation. It is so beautiful and I can't imagine what makes him do it.:)

Title- The Studious One!

Title-  The Studious One!
artwork by Elyse

Of biscuits and syrup

Of biscuits and syrup
tasty treats

Happy Saturday!

Happy Saturday!
a day at the Raptor Center.

Widdle Emmie in outer space school

Emmie jumped on the bus and off it flew out into the atmosphere. There was a set of clouds with turbulence right above the house and it took a few minutes for my Emmie to buckle her seatbelt. They hit the bump hard and it knocked my Emmie out of her seat and she bumped her head. The video camera came on and the monitor looked through and stated, Ms. Emmie, where are you? You are not in your seat. Where are you? I am alright I fell because I hadn’t buckled correctly. Well jump up Emmie we have a long way to go and you have to be buckled there is entirely too much turbulence in the stratosphere for you to unbuckle now. As soon as we are through this weather system there will be straight sailing but right now you must buckle. Emmie scrambled into the seat with intensity and purpose now. She watched every cloud pass her window and her nose was pressed to the window trying to see the top of the house as it drifted slowly out of sight. Soon they were not only out of sight of the house, the sun came out brightly and just as quickly they were putting on the atmospherical breathing apparatus and the outerspherical lights. The ABA and the OL. These precautions were to make them appear to be satellites to the radar as they were out in the ionosphere. Emmie knew all about this now. She had gone to the orientation and had a good breakfast and it took them 20 minutes for her to get out past the atmospherical pull and to feel the zero gravity. It would be 15 minutes before the gravity simulators would take effect, a glitch in the system which was being worked on. Until then, they enjoyed the couple of minutes of floatation, while being connected to the seats by belt. The first thing they saw everyday was the strataflotsam. The items which had been dumped into the atmosphere by earlier generations. What would their generation do about this ecological waste area that remained floating above their heads? This was a question for the generations. For now it was the area that they had to guide through on the way to school.

Midnight at the OASIS

Midnight at the OASIS
Sunset in Huntersville

My little Emmie

ran to the bus on the first day of the last year of school. 2 buns on the side of her head. She kissed me and ran at dawn to the bus. She was starting the adventure of a lifetime. I would never see that little girl again, she was going to woman school!

My Father and I 1989

My Father and I 1989

to the tune of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme

A VISIT TO PAPA





Are you going to Mary Immaculate?
Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Remember me to the one who lived there,

He once was a true love of mine,

Tell him to buy me an acre of land,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

Between the muddy Hudson in Jamaica Bay,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,
Tell him to sow in it seeds of pure cream,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And build Ice cream mountains and buildings of whipped cream,
Then, He’ll be a true love of mine,

Tell him to reap them with sickles of M&M’s,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

And chew bubble gum and eat till we’re done,

Then, He’ll be a true love of mine.

Tell him to run it off down the motor parkway,

Apricots, Chocolate Cherries and Pie,

After your done 50 pushups

and jog down the West Side Highway,

Then he’ll be a true love of mine…
(Don’t wait for me today dad, The kids are sick again, My tummy’s bulging again, My heart is aching again, And now there’s no love there…)


He once was, a true love of mine….So, Girls, I do beg you don't miss your Daddy,Apricots, Chocolate cherries and Pie,You have one short chance to see him on this side, Go visit him and let your light shine.