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I may be sheltering in place and social distancing, but like so many others I am lucky to be able to connect with friends, loved ones, students, and teachers online. Recently I have gotten inquiries from teachers who have been teaching with one or another of my textbooks, and I’ve been able to send additional materials and links that they can use with their students online. This reminds me that in many ways teachers are first responders too, and heroes to their students (and to me). I feel so fortunate to be in contact with them.
And I am VERY lucky to have two particular young friends—in 2nd and 4th grades—who have joined me in a Writer’s Club. I have known their dad since he was 2 years old and think of him, his wife, and the girls as family. Leah (2nd) and Maya (4th) have been in Japanese immersion classes but are now schooling at home and every day, or every other day, we write back and forth. Yesterday brought an even bigger treat when we got together on Facebook for half an hour and I could see projects they were working on (a space craft and a quite large airplane carrying loads of cotton candy and other sweets) and some of their drawings.
I hope their work will bring smiles to you, as it has certainly done to me.
Poems by Leah
Little and cute
With cat paws
Poems by Maya
Dear coronavirus aka COVID19,
Please go away to another galaxy
NEVER come back
We have way too many things going on and now schools are closed
Because of you.
We can only see our friends and family virtually.
And we can’t go out of our house!
We can only go out for food and maybe clothes!
And the restaurants are all closed
So now we have to be six feet apart if we do go outside!
So, please do not be such a pain!
Flowers are soft
Light as a feather
Whenever you look
Every bright day
Right in front of you.
I have many more, of course, but hope these few will brighten your day. I am sending virtual hugs and wishes for keeping safe to teachers and students everywhere.
Image Credit: Pixabay Image 865116 by picjumbo_com, used under the Pixabay License
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