A day in Kindergarten

Mondays weren’t really school days for me, I’m lucky right? Not so much. My friend Jacques and I go anyway to do revision and preparing for our upcoming Biology and Chemistry exams in Oct/Nov. We were in the middle of biological molecules when our principal stuck her head in our deserted classroom and asked if we could help supervise the first year kindergarten students because they were a teacher short. Even if I didn’t look I would still have known Jacques’ reaction to this. He froze and then turned to me and I saw the apprehension in his eyes, his mouth was moving but nothing came out. Mrs.Morison was still waiting a red smile plastered on her plump cheeks. Still waiting.

“Uh… yes ma’am, we’ll go,” I say as I kept my eyes on J, a little smile curling my lips.

“Great, guys, that would help out Ms. Travis a lot!” she beamed and hightailed out.

“Dev, no … you go on then,” he said as he suddenly became very interested in the title page of the text book.

Why is he acting so weird, you wonder? Is he shy? He’s come out of his shell recently but he’s still a little reserved. But that’s not the real thing bothering him, you see, my friend Jacques is paedophobic. What’s that you say … ? No, he is not a pedophile! What it means is that he’s, well, half scared scared of childern, doesn’t like them much. J claims that they, children in general, dislike him.

“No way am I going in there alone, Jack and they can’t be that bad.”

“But she asked you and they’re evil!” he insisted.

“She said ‘guys’ meaning the two of us so come on. You need to get over this, you’ll thank me later,” I grabbed hold of his sleeve and dragged him all the way to the little white building just outside of ours, with the ABC’s and Dora the explorer and others painted in colourful shades on the outside. Boy, was I glad I had brought my camera along, our other friends, Annie and Rina, would love to have seen this!

In a moment we were in front of about twenty something little face staring at us, looking very bored. We didn’t have to do much just watch them colour out if the lines, share the crayons and stop them from eating them. The kids seemed normal enough, but J was standing in the corner behind me, I shot him a get-your-behind-over-here look. Fortunately he got the message and reluctantly began to socialize, that was when I brought out the camera and began clicking away. I was lucky that I brought it because time we got him to play ring-a-ring-a-posy with the kids, I didn’t have it on hand.

I have to admit though, it was somewhat awkward standing there like a giant in between the little people, who were staring at me like I’ve just landed from Mars, so to break the ice I squeezed into this tiny chair and made a big show of getting up, wriggling and walking around with the chair on my behind. It paid off they began to laugh and loosen up. But I’ll tell you the chair cuts of circulation in the rear end, so think twice before you ever try it. There was this little girl who followed me everywhere I went, it was cute until she got a little on my nerves.

The lunch bell rang and we were free but not before making sure they washed their hands before digging in. They were supposed to line up but this one kid came running up to me and told us that another kid hit him. The culprit face was twisted into this grimace and his eyes were glaring at us as we walked over.

“Tell him sorry,” I said to him. He stared. “Well?”

He glared. “Boy, you better tell him sorry right now,” was I being to harsh? I don’t think so because he didn’t go run crying to Ms.Travis but instead he finally apologized. His look was what had scared me. J saw my face and gave me a knowing I-told-you so look.What did these children do behind teachers’ back? Did everyone who was bullied report to their teacher? I hope so, on our way to the cafeteria we met Mrs.Morrison and told her how it went, including that incident, she said that she’ll have a talk with her teachers.

I think Jacques a bit more okay with kids today, which was surprising given how my day had gone. We resumed studies with a Chemistry test he’d set for me. We spent the rest of the afternoon taking turns reading in different accents and I was taken aback with J’s Jamaican one and I laughed out loud when he added the French twang! I read my parts with a Hindi and a British accent, which needs more work. We giggled through it all till the bell rang for dismissal.

It was an okay day over all but I do hope I don’t get stuck with pre-schoolers ever again, I was probably feeling a bit what J felt but I don’t want to think of the kids as evil and tyrannical, they’re not all that bad, right? Okay, the little ones can be creepy, but fifth grader are a better bunch to teach compared to the ones today.

Til next time,

Peace.

Year of the Dragon

Devina a Lemon flavoured Jellybean:

I never knew there were so many dragons, until recently I thought it was just a dragon and knew nothing about the different elements. Love this post!

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Happy Chinese New Year!! Being a Dragon myself, I would like to share some fun facts that I found about the Dragon Year with you all :) I hope you enjoy!

The Dragon personality: The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast – the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. Therefore, those people born in Dragon years are to be honored and respected.Fifth in the cycle, Dragon Years follow the Rabbit and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each…

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The Magician’s Nephew (The Cronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S Lewis

Cover via Goodreads.com

My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb

When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.

Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.

My Review

Boy oh boy, was I glad I found The Magician’s Nephew before I began The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe! This book was simply magical! Diggory and Penny’s friendship and curiosity -the kind of curiosity which only children seemed to be blessed with-  was the crucial bit that laid a foundation for the other books in the series. Though how horrid and cowardly (and ridiculously funny in his own way) Diggory’s uncle -the said ”Magician”- might have been, his role was just as important.

Here we learn about how the charming and wonderful world of Narnia came to be! Not forgetting how the White Witch, Queen Jadis, had come to lay her wretched eyes upon it’s bounty. I’m sucked into this magical world with Polly and Diggory, a world filled with love, magic, mystery, beauty beyond imagination and danger, it was certainly an honor to witness the birth of Narnia (my most favourite part), the coronation of it’s very first King and Queen and to be graced with Aslan’s noble presence, an honor I tell you.

I was filled inside with what I felt was the beginning of a rather fierce longing to be there in Narnia, to bask in the warmth of it’s new sun, to laugh and to live amongst it’s people (if I may say so for many of these people seem to have more than a pair of legs amongst other parts), to exist in a world where there were no barriers where the trees, animals and man alike can live together in harmony as a family, my kind of utopia.

I could go on but I shouldn’t, least I give away more than I already have. I highly recommend The Magician’s Nephew to everyone both adults and children, for no one’s too old for magic, adventure, friendship and love.

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/65605.The_Magician’s_Nephew

Happy New Year!

Image via graphicleftovers.com

I know that it’s still New Year’s Eve but the Internet connection is on the fritz so I’m taking precautions:) 2011 might not have treated some of us as well it might to others but we can all hope for the best in 2012, that’s beginning tomorrow (obviously)

Well, you can expect a Resolution list soon if not later, I know I’ve said that earlier but apparently procrastination is what I do best so that’s on the list, as you can imagine.

I could talk about how this year has gone for me but I’ll just bore you to death so I’ll spare you the gory details and outline the best and, yes, some of the worst as well. Well here goes:

  • I got a Kindle! Yippy! I got most of my reading done on this.
  • I passed my CSEC exams with good, if not great, grades and I’m officially out of high school! But I’m still going to school mind you.
  • I’ve gained about 20 pounds.Oy. I’m not proud of it, but chocolate is too damn hard to resist!
  • I met my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year! I’ve read some awesome and thought provoking books this year, but I still need to review them.
  • I made a blog I actually stick to! Yep, it’s this very same one and I love it! Through blogging I’ve met some really interesting people so I’m not that lonely any more

That’s about it. Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Happy 2012 Everyone! Image via dryicons.com

Merry Christmas to all!

12:14 AM and it’s officially Christmas Day! And I’m still at work at the S-Mart since the previous day, but that’s okay because all the staff is here it’s fun! I’m going to take a nice shower as soon as I get home and drop like a log in a hurricane onto my beloved bed shared with an annoying sibling … if that makes any sense, the log part …It’s still cold and rainy, like last year I think.

For the ones who stay awake and keep watch, for the ones in the front lines in the Mid East far away from home and loved ones, whether you get this or not, a special Merry Christmas to all of you and I hope you all get home safe.

Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas to everyone. May God bless us all.

Christmas is here again! Along with the hustle and bustle!

It this time of the year again, a time of giving a time of thanks, a time for family and friends. A time of celebration. A time for cake and ice cream! And the challenge of resisting them … that’s already a battle lost …

I’ve noticed that it’s every year I lose the feeling of the holiday spirit, it just could be me, it might be due to losing my childish innocence, I don’t really know why. As we get older the novelty of Christmas wears off. It’s really sad but the little kids are the lucky ones, they live in the moment oblivious to the processes of growing up. I envy them, I have always said that I’d never want to grow up but one just can’t get away from the inevitable. I still don’t wanna grow up!

For me, it’s a Christmas at home this year with the family *coughs* annoying siblings *coughs* and a Christmas at home is the best kind there is! We’re all decked up with lights and decorations and a little Christmas tree.Yesterday was our gift exchange at work to day and I got this cute little necklace!

I work part time in the Money Gram branch in our area and let me tell you guys, standing up yesterday for three hours straight wasn’t easy! There I stood bare feet (I ran out of the house with the  first pair of footwear I grabbed, which unfortunately were wedge-heels) behind the counter, rushing in and out of the cash drawer, Christmas jingles blaring over the speakers, praying to God above that I don’t give out the wrong sum. I shouldn’t be the one to complain because the other girl was there since eight that morning!

Around 1PM the Internet decided that it was the perfect time to go and die on us! It was for more than half of an hour it was offline. Bless you Mike the technician! Curse you stupid faulty Internet connection! Uh … I should take that back … Them angelic customers were all for pitchforking us! With today’s crowd my feet are screaming since it’s Christmas Eve we were even busier, 6 hours and counting on our feet!

The Christmas tree under which lies a little village with Mr. and Mrs. Clause in the front. This is at the local bakery. Picture courtesy of yours truly.

The tree and many of its decorations in the picture above are relatively new. I remember the old one, I liked that one better, we used to help dress it up and it held a lot of fond memories *sigh*

Close up of the tree

As I write this, I’m singing along to Michael Buble’s “White Christmas” ft. Shania Twain. Oh man, how I’ve fallen in love with his beautiful voice!

Oooh!Ooh! Check out this dude:

Santy Clause! He's such a hotty.

Santy Clause! He's such a hotty:P

Santa here sings Jingle Bell Rock all the day long (or as long he’s plugged in) and dances while he does! I’ve gotten early presents this year and my favourites being the books I got to choose. Thanks Granny! The said books being Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and J.R.R Tolkein’s The Fellowship of the Ring.

My copy of The Da Vinci Code, an illustrated edition.

I’ve gotten a good lot this year but didn’t feel I’ve given as much … it’s more of the giving than the getting but I’ve got smiles and Merry Christmases in abundance! This holiday season has been good so far except the various times my dad and his brother tells me that I’ve gotten fat, they only kid around but it still stings a bit even though I ignore them. I mean, come on people, I know I’m fat so you don’t need to shove it in my face ever so often. Joke or not but I play tough girl and tell them to shove it, in my mind of course! Pity party’s over so  don’t worry.

I’ll post my New Years Resolutions soon and I can only hope I stand by all of them this year. It’s going to be a rainy Christmas this year in my part of the world, it’s now 30 degrees C, how is it where you live? Enjoying the holiday so far?

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Peaceful New Year! I am now mentally giving all of you a big hug!

Cheers!

(All of the pictures in this post was taken by me, Devina)