Monday, December 16, 2013


It's my birthday today. Another year on planet earth!

I have a wonderful set of friends and colleagues. They gave me happy birthday wishes, cute gifts, and just overall made me feel warm and included. That is a special feeling. It is not something to be taken for granted. It's not often you can say that your work colleagues are your friends also, but these people are. They really are.

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ~ Linda Grayson.

And educators know about chocolate!

We had our Christmas play today. The people who put it together try to include as many children as possible, from all ages. It's always cute. The people who donate their art talent always make the sets look gorgeous. We have many teachers who are extremely talented singers and we're always blessed to hear them sing. I really enjoyed it, and the sentiment as usual was high this year. It centered around a soldier receiving letters from home. He was in camouflage on his bedroll, and at another part of the stage in a Christmas decorated booth were the people reading the letter as the soldier pantomimed reading it. The soldier's mom, dad, younger sister and brother, grandma, and wife read letters. In between letters a narrator explained things, and then there were songs, some fun, some traditional hymns.

In the end we all sing Silent Night.What a wonderful thing: 500 children and adults softly singing Silent Night.

As we filed out, one of the boisterous boys I know in kindergarten said: "I liked that. I almost cried!" I told him I almost did too.

Tomorrow we will have our morning as usual and then in the afternoon the kids in Kindergarten will have their Christmas party in their rooms. They pass out stocking stuffers to each other in bags they've decorated and prepared, and they then eat Christmas cookies and drink punch. I love these kids and I'm looking forward to spending a little time with each of them as I visit room to room.

Then Wednesday is a half day, and after the kids leave at noon, we have the staff Christmas luncheon. After we're dismissed Wednesday, I'm off for Christmas vacation until January 6. Woo hoo! Will I make it? I don't know. I'm an old lady now. I just had a birthday!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

Though you're hardly an old lady. What is 53 years in light of eternity? :)

Love the Linda Grayson quote.


Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Enjoy your winter vacation :)


Kem Blank said...

Wishing you a slightly late Happy Birthday. Hope it was a wonderful one!

Donna said...

Just read that you had a Birthday. I love your blogs, and admire your faith and faithfulness. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. God bless you, Elizabeth.


Elizabeth Prata said...

thank you Donna! You're very kind to say all that. Merry Christmas to you!

Thank you Kem and Carolyn and Jennifer :) I love you people.