Monday, October 3, 2016

five for FRIDAY weekly Linky Party Homecoming Week

This past week was homecoming week. Need I say more? :)

I Started Teaching Sig Figs
One of my favorite things to teach in chemistry is Significant figures. And this is odd because it used to be one of my least favorite. We are just at the beginning stages, but so far so good!

We Dressed Up as Emojis
Wednesday was Wild Card Wednesday, so the science department decided the dress up as emojis. It was fun!

We Buried the Chief
Thursday was a sad day, however. We buried my best friend's stepfather, whom she also called "daddy." He was an amazing man, father, grandfather, firefighter, coach, and friend. His battle with cancer was fought bravely and courageously. The legacy he left behind was inspirational. 


I Sang at His Funeral
I'm honored to have been a part of one of the most touching services I've ever been to. Over 10 years ago, Johnny asked me to sing at his funeral. Not sure why it came up then, but I didn't forget about it, nor did he. In April of this year, standing on the top step at the church, he told me what song he wanted..."When I'm Gone" by Joey and Rory. I believe he connected with the song for a couple of reasons: 1) She too lost the battle to cancer and 2) He wanted his family to know how much he loved them, and even though he was gone, they were going to be alright. He loved them dearly, and loved the community as well. The overflowing sanctuary, community members lining the streets, the flowers, the food, the tears, and the smiles as stories were told, was a testament to his life and the love he felt for others. I love to sing, but I don't like to do funerals. I'm an emotional person. I cry when I'm happy, sad, angry, and pretty much all other emotions. But, Johnny believed in me. He even believed in me more than I believed in myself. And he did that for all...not just me. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to have had him in my life and a better person for it.

Had Another Former Student Drop By
Friday was a tough day. I was expected to teach, but the tears kept wanting to flow. "I've got to hold it together", I kept telling myself. Surprisingly, I had a student that I taught last year that popped in to say "hey". I say "surprisingly" because this kid is now too cool for school. He's a non-reader, been in some trouble-maker, with a most contagious smile. And he dropped by to say "hey" at a most needed time.  I don't know why he chose that day to drop by or that particular moment.  I haven't seen him all year.  But he couldn't have picked a better time...ending Homecoming Week 2016 with a much needed smile.