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Miss me... but let me go

Miss Me But Let Me Go
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When I come to the end of the day,
And the sun has set for me.
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long,
And not with you head bowed low.
Remember the love we once shared---
Miss me, but let me go.

For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It's all part of the maker's plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds---
Miss me, but let me go.



Tio Sergio,

Gracias por todo el amor y la atencion que tuvo con uno.

Lo quiero mucho y espero que en donde sea que este, este contento y en paz.

Que Dios lo tenga a su lado siempre, y algun dia nos veremos otra vez.

Siempre estara en mi corazon.


My house / Mi casa

So these are a few pictures of the house we just moved into, I am really happy with how its turning out.

Also, I am starting to share my journal with my Spanish speaking family so you may begin to see some posts in Spanish or even some bilingual posts.


Aqui estan unas cuantas fotos de la casa nueva.
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 A lot of stuff has been going on but I haven't had a chance to post at all since I have been without internet at home for about 2 and a half weeks now. I stilll have no internet, but hopefully in the next couple of days it will be all taken care of. We just moved into a small little old house that we found fitting our budget for rental expenses and we are very happy with it. We have been busy though.

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The house itself is old, painted a yucky color (except for the kitchen/living room which is a nice yellow), and fits our needs very well. Plus its a house!! not sharing with anyone and under our budget so I wasn;t expecting more than what we got. I have a yard and I am very excited about making it home. As long as I don't have to deal with the landlords too much I will be golden :)


I just had the scariest day in preschool. A child passed out and was bleeding from the mouth, then woke up and was so lethargic. I felt like I was frozen, paralyzed, yet my body was moving and I was talking to her, and taking care of what needed to be done. My hands are still shaky and its been over an hour since it happened. I hope everything goes alright.


Today was an amazing day at school. I mean, I know that the anti bias work we are doing is important, and that the little bits of conversation and activities we have here and there help, but this is the first time I have felt completely blown away seeing the fruits of our labor.

The kids today were very high energy, feeding off of all the hype and excitement that has been accompanying a lot of Seattle homes with the upcoming Inauguration. Their attention spans were almost nonexistent and they were edgy and easily irritated. Today was my turn to take care of circle time and I had wanted to read Martin's Big Words, but seeing as it is more of a serious book, I had given up hope to get them tos it long enough to get through it.They surprised me.Collapse )

It is empowering to see the collective effort of a family, a school, a teaching team, a group children, flourish into something that is so huge and so beautiful and so valuable. I feel good, I can make a difference, I have made a difference. Granted I couldn't have done it alone, and they could have done it without me, but isn't that what makes it even the more beautiful?

Part of my mind, heart and sweat made this happen, and it is something that I will never forget.

People now have just lost that concern and wanting to care for each other you know? Mmmmm let me close my eyes for a little bit and let my mind dream about a future where maybe as a nation we all extend our hand and heart and spirit to each other... wouldn't that be nice?

Black/White Doll video

We had our inservice today, and talked a bit more about our goals for our anti bias work and this video came up that I really want to share with whoever is willing to watch it. Its a very powerful video about the continuing low self-esteem in young African American kids. Needless to say I was heartbroken by the time this video got through.


Research and studies

I still haven't ,made up my mind about this, but it definitely looks interesting. Here is a website called Project Implicit where they do research studies on a lot of different topics.

I did one of the tests, and it was interesting to see the results.

Back to reality

Its was so nice to have like 2 weeks + off for snow days / holidays, however I'm glad its back to routine! I missed my kiddies so much. I didn't realize how much until I walked in monday and got to see them all. Monday was also the longest day I have had in a while. First, getting back to work and then having our People of Color Caucus meeting was pretty exhausting. I always get exhausted when I have to think about all this heavy stuffCollapse ), but in a good way.

Today went a bit easier. We had a really good morning taking out some new racetracks we got froma  holiday wish list. In short it is a dinosaur racet track that you can arrange a whole bunch of different ways and set up all the cars to "launch" then press the go button which releases the first car. When that first car reaches its end it bumps a little thing that launches the next car, setting off a cool chain reaction. Well they sat there and played for almost a whole hour, each preparing a different part of the set (there were only 4) for launching and taking turns in pushing the go button. For 5 year olds, seeing them work together and be patient enough to set all four cars before releasing it was amazing! It was a beauty, they were so excited about their accomplishment that they were screaming and hugging each other after each round was done.

Anyways I thought to welcome back the kid days by posting our latest kid quotes (for confidentiality issues K = kid, T = teacher).

K: "I went to Texas, and Texas is next to Wal-mart"

K: "Who spilled all the paints"
Me: "I did, it was an accident"
K: "You are in BIG trouble, and probably fired too"

K singing: "You better watch out, you better watch out, you better not spank your daughter, Santa Claus is coming to town"

K1: "Is that a tattoo of Barack Obama on your arm?"
K2: "No actually that is Darth Vader, but I did vote for Obama"
(the part about correlating Darth Vader with Obama is fucked up and was followed by a conversation about it but when she said she voted for Obama it was hilarious"

K crying
T: "Did someone push you?"
K: "No, I pushed myself"

After riding the carousel
K: "That was almost TOO much fun!!"

Holiday aftermath...

This holiday season was very different for me than all my other Christmases and New Years. It was mainly different because for the first time in my life I was in charge of creating that "magic" that always seems to be around at this time. New Years is just like Christmas for us, a very family centered holiday, and this 2008 was the first year I spent Christmas away from my immediate family and only the second time for New Years. Back then, it was nice when all I had to do was participate in the festivities, not really be the orchestrator of the whole show.

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Anyway, I don't mean to make it sound like my Christmas and New Years were horrible. I had a blast and enjoyed spending time with everyone, I guess I am just trying to work through my thoughts so I can answer some of the bigger questions that this brings up. Its not just about Christmas, or food, or even holidays, but about who I am and how I don't want to lose that part of me that is very rooted in that culture that was my parents and was passed on to me and I hope to pass on to my children some day. Food for thought I guess....