A couple of weeks ago my Grandmother passed away. While she had been in hospice this event hit me hard. My mother passed away in 2011 and the loss of my grandmother means that there are no other women in my direct family. This has made me realize the changes that I am starting to put in place are so worth the crazy and difficult times.
I left my position teaching in July to spend more time with my children. I was missing so much and there was this empty place in my heart. I started teaching in 1998 and have worked in various positions and grades since then. I love teaching. It fills my soul to see the faces of students when they truly begin to understand something. But education has changed so much over the last several years. I feel that many aspects that used to make education so meaningful for students has gone to the wayside so that we can work to have better test scores. My children are more than a test score and this new system worries me. Makes me worry about them.
This realization has made me decide that I want to go back to school to study the Waldorf Teaching methods. The Waldorf approach to teaching is genuine, and real. The way that they see children and teach them where they are makes my heart sing with joy. I have read so many books on the subject and can see the validity that this educational system has. I am currently running a Go Fund Me to try and pay for this new schooling, in the hopes of not adding to the student loans from my Masters program. If you would like to contribute please visit gofundme.com/9m9zvnuc
This week will be spent gathering myself in the midst of tragedy and light to go forth and create a home where my children and I can spend moments together, not just time. Where they can remember the love and how it feels not just what is said. I hope that you will stay with me on this journey and share your own comments. I am off to the kitchen to start making a special treat for this Friday afternoon. Please try this. It is such an easy recipe and I can tell you there are never leftovers. This one goes quickly!
GRAHAM CRACKER TOFFEE
Preheat oven to 250
1. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with canola oil.
2. Line up the graham crackers so that the cookie sheet is covered.
3. Melt two sticks of butter and between 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup of brown sugar in a pan over medium heat.
4. Once the mixture melts and comes to a boil...let it boil for about 2-3 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and pour mixture over the graham crackers.
6. Put in oven and cook for about 10 minutes. (watch to make sure it doesn't burn)
7. Remove from oven and place a 12oz. bag over the crackers. Let it sit until it starts to melt then spread it out.
8. This must cool completely. (I sometimes put my tray in the freezer for about 15 minutes to get it started) Break into pieces.
Try to save some and not eat it all in one sitting. Keep refrigerated once it is cooled and broken up.