Just to let you know- this blog is no longer active. I'll be keeping up my 101 in 1001 list until its completion, but will not be writing new posts. You can read the post below if you want the long version. Thanks for the journey to all my friends in the blogosphere!

Monday, May 2, 2011

What a Week.

There is so much going on right now. This morning, my fourth graders and I had debriefing time to discuss, Google map, and hit up Time for Kids for everything that's happened in the past week while we were on spring break.

It feels like a huge responsibility to be some of these kids' sole source of news and explainer of all things weather, politics, history, and world affairs. Some of our impromptu vocabulary/geography words were: Pakistan, monarchy, terrorist, devastating, Alabama, duchess, prime minister, and London.

I sometimes have to remind myself that these kids were babies when the 9/11 attacks happened. They knew that it was a big deal that President Obama announced that some guy was dead and they knew that guy was bad, but Osama bin Laden wasn't rolling off any of their tongues.

I'm a little surprised at how much I feel affected by bin Laden's death. I get my NPR news feed (or Fox News Radio when the NPR station has too much static...see- I'm balanced!) to and from school, but I don't don't follow world news that closely otherwise. I didn't know anybody affected by the 9/11 attacks and I'm not a big Toby Keith/boot-in-your-a**-it's-the-American-way fan. But I had a strong reaction to the news last night. I'm so proud of our military and leaders for making this happen and the world just seems like a little safer place. I'm bursting with pride for my cousins in the military- one about to embark on his third tour of duty to Iraq and the other graduating from West Point this month.

Anyway, that's where I am today.

Tomorrow- back to being the crazy running lady. I have 4 running list posts planned for this (okay, maybe continued into next) week and a marathon coming up on Saturday!


  1. LOL! You *are* balanced! Good for you!
    Good luck on Saturday!

  2. So crazy. It's awesome you are making such a difference - 4th graders are so little and impressionable. I feel like by the time I get them (teenagers) they aren't listening.