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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Memories

I explained to  my second grade students we might have a special visitor today.  My husband usually brings me pink roses on Valentine's Day to my classroom.  Sure enough, right after the spelling test I heard.

"Ms. Kent, there  is someone  in the room for you."  I glanced to the door and there he was holding a dozen pink roses in a  beautiful striped vase.

I gave him a big hug and said, "Thank you. that's so sweet of you."

"Okay students do you have any questions you want to ask my husband?" I questioned.

"How many years have you been married?"  a student asked.

Jim said,  "Let's do the math.  If we got married in 1988 and its 2015 how many years is that?"  Two eager students went up to the board and started subtracting.  

"It's twenty-seven years,"  a  student called out.


"How old were you when you got married?"

 He answered "mmmmmm thirty ........I said," Five."  I knew that quickly because he is four years older than me.

" Do you have any children?"

"Yes two in graduate school." he answered proudly.


"Okay let me ask you some questions.  What country do we live in? " he wondered what they would say..

Some students said, "Texas."

In a child's scope of things Texas does seem like a country full of Texas Bluebonnets, Texas Longhorn Cattle, and  Texas Pride.

Finally a child shouted out,  "The United States of America." I was relieved they knew the answer.

It's was so fun having Jim see the students I so love and talk about.  He was impressed everyone wanted to answer questions.






Later we had our Valentine's Party and the students exchanged their cards.  I remembered when I was in second grade and read each Valentine  with care.  Valentines Day exposes the treasures of our hearts.  It's nice to know my husband is thoughtful enough to come to my school and give me beautiful pink roses.




Friday, February 6, 2015

Momma Duck is Back But Daddy Duck is Missing


     Usually in  early February or March Momma and Daddy Duck come to our backyard pool to prepare a nest for their ducklings.  This year Momma Duck returned the first week in February but Daddy Duck was missing.  Yes there's a picture of a male duck but I know its not Daddy Duck.

    It brings back a memory in October when Momma Duck comes to our pool and honks loudly.  She is flapping her wings hysterically  but there is not a Daddy Duck.  I had a thought that she was mourning her partner for over twenty years.  He had a limp last summer and looked weak.  It was very unusual for ducks to be there in the fall and she only came for one day.  Momma came to the place where they raised their ducklings to mourn his loss.


     I think I had seen Momma Duck's new friend in a group of ducks.  As I gazed outside our window I ventured outside to get a closer look.  The male duck seemed a little startled but let me take pictures.  Momma Duck was use to me taking pictures and went right on swimming.  Her neck turned toward my direction as if to say hello.  Did Momma Duck tell him about the place where she raised her ducklings?  They glided through the water in rhythm together from one end of the pool to the other side.
     Their heads started moving back and forth and I knew it was a sign they were about to fly away.  Did Momma Duck want us to see her new friend?  I hope they come back.  I'll be looking for a new nest.

    Will the nest be in the same place below the angel statue hidden among the grasses?
I'm glad Momma Duck found a new companion.  She is less lonely now that she has someone to share a life with.  She'll always remember Daddy Duck.  I miss him and think she does too.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Malcolm Butler's Vision

            Malcolm Butler caught the interception to win the game for the Patriots in the 2015 Superbowl.  In the interview afterwards he told the world he had a vision he was going to make a great play.  It caught my attention because he seemed humble, and amazed God fulfilled the promise and together they made a great team.  He was asking for God's direction. He knew he would do something special because he had prayed on it.

             There is a scripture in the Bible we must cling to, rely upon and have faith in Jesus.  It builds faith to see a Super Bowl Champion give glory to God.  He knew in his heart of hearts God was there for him.  Earlier in the game he had made a play he felt disappointed in.  Sometimes God humbles us before he gives us victory so the glory goes to Him.


              In interviews people kept asking him what was going on in his mind.  But I ask the question, "What was going on in his heart?"  He said he just wanted to make up for his mistake and help his team win.  He didn't give up or get discouraged. He didn't complain.   He kept his goal in mind with the promise God gave him to keep striving.  What a great living parable.  Perhaps angels were on the Superbowl field this year.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fort Worth Stock Show Traditions

I grew up with the Fort Worth Stock Show because my dad always had rodeo tickets and it was a family affair to view the pageantry.  He had adjoining seats with his dairy farm friend from Oklahoma. They knew each other from high school and dad stayed in touch each year at the rodeo.




 We knew where our milk came from because we visited his dairy farm and saw the hard work it was each day to care for his cows.  My dad's friend rarely had a vacation because his cows did not go hungry.  The farm had been passed down from his father and he was willing to carry the tradition.  So as I gaze at each contestant holding the reins of their prized cow I remember the dedication my dad's friend showed  to his Dairy Farm.
I see the same heritage as this boy holds the head of his prized cow high hoping the judge will give him a ribbon.  The cow is willing to follow because he is cared for and has love for his owners.  
The boy feels satisfied because his hard work is rewarded.  His dad watches with pride because he knows his farm is a family tradition.  His dad taught him how to handle a calf.  He is following his fathers footsteps of making a living for his family with devotion to his animals.

As a consumer we owe our chicken at the dinner table to the growers who chose to make farming their livelihood.  I see cages of hopeful farmers who want a prize for their beloved rooster.
 Many varieties of farm animals are in display at the Fort Worth Stock Show.  Growers are competing with other farmers who carry the traditions of their family.
Children display their artwork of creative interpretations of what it is like to live on a farm.  Their heart of love for the animals they take care for is exploding with color on the wall of art.
Precision is desired as their sheep needs a trim.  
It brings imaginations of Wilbur in the beloved novel Charoletes Web as Fern wins a prize for the pig she saved.  
Each animal is loved through taking a bath. Agriculture the world over is appreciated as farmers provide food for our tables.  
Murals show culture of the many families it takes for the Fort Worth Stock Show to exist.