Glad Tidings

A few tidbits that made me smile so far this week.

I’m officially on vacation for the next 12 days!

hgg_playawayThe first grade teachers won a grant at our school to get Playaways for their classroom listening stations. Have you seen a Playaway? They’re like iPods for books. Very cool–and very popular with our students. I smile because I helped a little with the grant writing.

frostyWe’re supposed to get more snow. Christmas snow. As a kid, I always wished for Christmas snow–you know how the Frosty the Snowman cartoon proclaims that Christmas snow is magic? Looks like we’ll have plenty this year in my part of the world. I think the boys, their cousins, and I will have to do something with that.

Highlights wants a story of mine. Even though I have some nonfiction books out, this is my first fiction sale. So I smile.

CindyLouWhoToday, at the end of our last school day before break, we had an all-school sing in the gym. Just 400 kids and their teachers sitting criss-cross on the floor and belting out “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (complete with the echoes!) and other favorites. The lyrics for all the songs were projected on a giant screen. Suddenly, the screen went dark. As everyone mumbled through the second verse of “Deck the Halls,” I waded through the crowd to see what was wrong. I arrived at the projector and peered down. There, staring up at me with huge Cindy Lou Who eyes, was a kindergartener with a quivering finger over the now-dark switch on the power strip. “Did you push the button?” I asked. She sat on her hand. And I smiled. “Well, push it again!”

At this same sing along, I got to see and hear the results of weeks of listening to the fifth graders (my own Mr. E included) practice “The Carol of the Bells” on xylophones (ding, doo dee doo; ding, doo dee doo; ding, doo dee doo…). Well, watching them perform together with such pride and skill was amazing and made the earworm totally worth it. (ding, doo dee doo; ding, doo dee doo; ding, doo dee doo…)

and finally,

I’m officially on vacation for the next 12 days!

(ding, doo dee doo; ding, doo dee doo; ding, doo dee doo…)