Mother’s Day Surprise

Mother’s Day Surprise.

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I have been a mother for a number of years now and have had very few surprises happen on Mother’s Day.  Yesterday, I received two.

First surprise?

My children put together a small basket of treats for me.  They bought them without help or input from me.  My children had saved some money for this purpose. They managed to keep me out of the loop and even presented it to me when I least expected it…Hence the surprise.  It completely sweet and unprecedented. They knew exactly what treats I liked and it made me feel completely and totally appreciated.

Second surprise?

Image result for remindI use the Remind app to communicate with my students and their parents. They get weekly reminders of upcoming due dates, activities or concerts. Both parents and students have been known to use it to ask questions of myself and even occasionally message their peers.  However, yesterday it was used in such a sweet manner that I don’t think I will ever forget it.

One of my 7th grade students decided to use the remind app to send me a message.  He said “Hi, Mrs. Hunter”. Then he send another one.  He said “Happy Mother’s Day”.  How often do you get that private message from a student?  He wasn’t out to show others what he had done and glorify his actions.  He just wanted to send a message that showed his appreciation.

I didn’t respond to his message.  Students know I don’t reply to messages on Sunday as I tell them it’s the one day I take off for myself and my children.

However, when I saw him going to our class today, I told him thank you.  He just smiled and said you’re welcome.

I can’t say that being a middle school teacher always brings a lot of monetary rewards or even a lot of thank you’s. But I am very grateful for those small heartfelt ones and will always cherish them.

I believe it is for those moments that keep us going.  They keep us pushing towards our own excellence which in turn helps us serve our students’ needs.

How can Exhaustion result in Gratitude?

Today was the Garage Sale.  

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For the past week, my children and I have worked diligently to prepare for the sale. We made decisions about what stays and what goes resulting in a lot of sorting, purging and boxing up.

Thursday and Friday evening, we had help moving the large items to the garage so it would be easier to put things out today for the sale. It was really fun to watch the way the men moved items they thought were light only to realize they needed help.  It was fun to hear their banter when things didn’t quite go the way they wanted them to.

After Thursday, my children and I were sore. Although I couldn’t sleep right away.  Partly because I needed to write this blog and partly because I was too wired.  My mind just wouldn’t shut off!

After Friday, we were exhausted.  Yet we knew we would have another day to work just as hard, if not harder.  And…we wouldn’t have my sons help.  One son would be at work and the other would be at a mechanics competition taking pictures of his team members and the other contestants.

So Saturday came, and the crew arrived to help.  I was still tired but I knew I had to get to work anyway.

The last of the large items were taken out and we starting setting items out for sale.  Cars began driving by prior to us being ready but the crew took over and made it happen.

My job?  Stay out of the pricing and just keep looking at what we had to determine if there was anything else that needed to go out.

When three o’clock came around, we had sold about 1/2 of the items and had packed the rest back into the garage.  I went off to my appointment and the crew went off to theirs.

Now that I am home, I feel total exhaustion but total gratitude.

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Gratitude for a number of blessings:  The help of old and new friends, donations that came in both in items to sell as well as monetary donations, the number of items that sold, and the help of my children.


We have been through a lot but they have grown so much and they have helped so much. All of us are in complete exhaustion but the gratitude flows. We will still need to have another sale next week but the number of great items is still plenty and I believe we can move the rest just as well.

The gratitude I feel completely makes up for the lack of energy, the legs that throb, the knees that want to buckle, in other words…exhaustion.