Thursday, June 14, 2012

Arielle's Word-of-the-Day: LOVE

June Blogger Challenge Day 14: LOVE

When I saw this word, I cringed.  Love is not something that is easy for me to write about, maybe because I struggle to express it, to say it, to allow it into my heart.


There is something that I do love. 

And two quotes came to mind.

The first is a rather familiar quote by Rumi.  I like the simplicity and elegance of it.  I like it even more, because yes, I do LOVE what I do.  I love getting up for work (almost) every morning and getting my room ready for the arrival of my students.  I love hearing their voices as they eagerly descend upon the classroom, their home for seven hours a day, 180 days a year.  I love watching their eyes light up when they learn something new.  I love their laughter.  I love seeing them grow and learn.  I love teaching them new things, and watching them apply their new learning to other areas of their lives.

The second quote needs a little alteration to fit in this blog post.  If you read the quote by James Barrie (also known as the author of Peter Pan among other things) replace the "likes" with "love" and you have me and my job.  I love what I do.  I love teaching children.  I don't always love dealing with the politics that come with teaching, nor the sometimes-overbearing parents, but I do love the kids.  When I am at school is when I am the happiest.

Prompt: You knew this would be on here.  But don’t think of it as a clich├ęd prompt. Write about what love means for you, or something that embodies love, how you want to be more loving, or what it’s like to love yourself. It’s up to you.


  1. I've always liked that Rumi quote as well :-)

    How old are the kids you teach? I have a friend who started out teaching 3-4 yearolds but now she teaches 10-11 year olds, which she says is more difficult in some ways, but more inspiring.

    Keep focusing on the things that make you happy x

    1. I teach 8-10 year olds and love them! I admire those that teach the little ones (and the older ones, for that matter!) This age is such fun to me, they are young enough to love the little things, but old enough to be independent in their work.


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