Weekend Coffee Share

It’s almost 11am Saturday and it’s high time for a second cup of coffee. How would you like yours?

We woke up to a white world this morning, knowing that it’s going to get warmer later in the day we decided to get out at first light, which is around 8am these days. We (my daughter and I) took a long walk, throw some snowballs, made snow angels and built a snowman. We just came back. It is already much warmer and it is raining. When we started out there was, if not tons of snow, plenty enough to enjoy, now it is considerably less. I’m so happy we decided to get out. I mean….I always want to get out early in the morning, but I can not always convince my sweet girl that it is a good idea. Today she was excited about the snow. 

Due to recent rises in Covid cases I cancelled out trip to the mountains over the holidays. In a way it’s sad, but we are going to be happy to just spend time together relaxing and decorating our new home. That said, we are going to enjoy all the snow that is available to us right here in our town. Hopefully we will get more snow than last winter. Last winter, my daughter’s first winter in Sweden, was a lot warmer than normal, with less snow. I’m hoping for a traditional winter this year. 

I am so proud of this girl!

How is you coffee? Do you need a refill? We have a Hero Theme at our school this year. We’ve been discussing What a hero is? Who is a hero? What does a hero do? So far the children have mentioned people/groups that help and/or save others; parents, grandparents, food producers, firefighters, the police, doctors, dentists, nurses, and environment activists. Yesterday I brought up people who help and save animals. Many of the children are interested in horses, and earlier this week a girl brought a book about horse facts, that we’ve been reading for hours this week. There is a huge interest. So I thought this is a good time to talk about my friends in the US that works with horse rescues and are involved with saving the wild horses. I told them about their work, and why there is a need for it. I started out by turning one of the rooms of our department into something like a movie theatre. I gathered the children, and told them about when I met this group of heroes for the first time, about ten years ago. I had handpicked a few stories, about rescue missions that I planned to tell them, along with showing them 100-200 photos that I projected on one of the walls. I tried to follow their lead and tell the story, but only about the parts that caught their interest the most. They where most interested in the wild horses. Which actually lead to leaving out some of the more interesting stories…but I’ll leave that for another time. There was a lot for them to take in. It felt like a great lesson to build on, and I really enjoyed sharing with them. Here are some of the photos I shared with the children; horses in the wild, and horses that was born wild but lost their freedom for one reason or another, now being gentled and trained, for a chance to avoid getting shipped to slaughter in Mexico or Canada.

How is your week so far? Mine been very busy at work. I’m going to spend the weekend packing our last things, we are getting closer to moving date (Dec 1st.) I’m also planning to get some time for blogging, relaxing, finish the last Conn Iggulden book from The Conquerer series (I’m about halfway through it,) bake an apple pie, and finish a report for work. I feel totally relaxed, what will be will be sort of. The world is crazy, and I’ve decided that it’s best for me to stay calm and focused. I have my daughter, and many other children (and at times their parents as well) depending on me to reassure them on a daily basis, I cannot do that if I let myself get upset in any way. All is good in our life, we have everything we need and more. I am grateful. That is something I’ve been meditating on this week. How are you holding up? What is going on in your life?

Love,

Maria

Weekend Coffee Share – Impressed And Grateful

How are you doing this weekend? How about coffee and a game of chess today? Are you up for that? Of course there’s tea, and some other beverages to choose from as well, if coffee isn’t the drink of your choice. 

My daughter and I played a game of chess this morning. It was her idea. We haven’t played in a few weeks, and now I know why! She has been practicing secretly with a boy at school, without telling me. Her game was much improved. She planned ahead in a way that I haven’t seen her do previously. I’m impressed. Impressed is btw the theme of pretty much everything this week. Let me start at the beginning. 

On Monday evening I was sitting next to my daughter on the couch in the living room, relaxing, and watching a movie on my computer (it happened to be a documentary about how young children learn. LOL.) I see a little bubble coming up telling me that there is a mail from her principal with general information to the parents at her school about Covid-19. I stop the movie and read it. Just when I’ve started the movie again her principals name comes up one more time, but from a private email address, not the general one for all the parents. Of course I stop the movie again and read the email. A private email from her principal asking me to please call her, and that I could call her anytime, in the evening as well, with a number attached. Of course my mind started to race, thinking about any number of reasons why my daughter’s principal would like to talk to me. I decide to call her at once. She is a very pleasant lady to talk to. She thanked me for calling so fast, and she didn’t leave me hanging for long. She asked me how I would feel about Ms H (my daughter) taking some of her classes with older children in 4th and 5th grade, to challenge her a little more. She is currently in 2nd grade, (in a Swedish school, her native language is English.) We talked about this for a while, and agreed that she would not start a new class completely, but take some subjects with other classes. She started out this week having math with 5th grade. 

I am very proud of her, and I am extremely grateful for the teacher’s to have seen her, and noticed that she needs to be challenged in these crazy days of Covid-19. I am very happily surprised that my little girl have gotten that kind of attention. Of course I know that she is gifted, but I am her mom, and not one of those moms that ever would ask a favour for their child. My daughter’s principal had many good things to say about my daughter that made me very happy. 

I don’t know if the next thing that happened is connected to this, or not. The next day I wrote a thank you letter to the principal, telling her how grateful I am for everything, and that as a parent it is sometimes difficult to express that to the teachers since we never see them in person these days, but that I want them to know that I am very grateful. I also mentioned that we are moving in December, mentioning the part of town we are moving to, and that my daughter is going to take the bus to school starting December 1st. I’ve already messaged that information to the teachers, but thought I might as well tell the principal since I was talking to her. A few days later I received another email from a different principal, a principal at a private school here in town. In fact her school is situated only a short (about three minutes) walk from the house we are moving to in December. A long, long time ago I put my daughter on the waiting list to this school, without much hope that she would ever get in. I don’t know if there is a coincidence that they offered her to start in January when the next semester starts, or if the schools are talking to each other. This school have more resources. Students from this school are high above the national, and regional standards. I have a few days to think about this. Do I want my daughter to start another new school? She really likes the one she goes to now, but she would have to go on a bus every day if she wants to stay at this school. If she starts a new school it would not only be a good one, but a great one, across the street from us.

I have asked my daughter, trying to explain the pro’s and con’s, but I think it is hard for her to understand what it would mean for her to take the bus by herself everyday. I know she can do it, but if she doesn’t have too? She is only 8 years old. In the end I know I am the one that have to make the decision, and I have to make it soon. I am going to start by taking my daughter there tomorrow. We can’t enter the other school, but I can show her the outside, and make the short walk between our new house and the school, for her to feel the short distance in her body. During busy mornings, having school/work close by is pretty darn nice. 

Do you need a refill on that coffee? As you may have noticed in the photo at the top there is fresh ciabattas this weekend as well. It has become a weekend tradition at our house. Please help yourself to some if you’d like. They are still warm. How is your week? Please tell me about it in a comment. 

Love,

Maria