Victorian Ball, etc.
Friday night was the school's Victorian Ball. I dragged my sister. :) Neither of us wore actual Victorian gowns (I only have a day-dress for my hoops and she doesn't have any), but it was fun to dress up in formal dresses and dance. It was so much fun. Three of my upper school boys asked me to dance--that was fun--and two others got "stuck" with me. It was just such a beautiful and pleasant evening. I haven't had so much fun in a long time. And one of my friends from high school, Trevor Cangelosi, was there. It was so great to see him--and get a great hug. I barely got a chance to talk to him, though. In fact, we had just finished talking about what I was doing when some guy came up and interrupted to talk to Trevor. And then every time I had a chance to talk, someone else was talking to him. So I feel like a moron--I never got to ask what he's been up to/doing now. Bother. At any rate. I also got to dance with my 5th grade girls--that was very silly and fun. At any rate, I would recommend that anyone who has the chance to go to a vintage dance. It's much more fun than modern dances. much!
At any rate, I have digressed a little from the usual. The 5th grade is making newspapers for history this week--on the Battle of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris (1783). It is interesting. They are realizing the importance of every individual supporting the team. And of listening to each member of the team rather than interrupting to say whatever they feel like saying. I'm trying to teach them the skill of building a team and of being leaders. We'll see how that works. They're doing okay, but I know they can do better. They still have trouble realizing how to use their time to help others when they are finished with their work. And, of course, they do have some trouble getting their own work finished. :) But we all learn and grow--and I think they are enjoying the project.
On an even different note, I can't even believe it's already getting to the end of the third quarter. It just can't have been so long already! I only hope and pray that I am growing like I need to and becoming the teacher I need to be to take over Dialectic Humanities next year. God keeps putting me in places where I have to be teachable and to live by faith that He will sort things out for me as I grow. I don't particularly like being teachable, but I do like the resulting person I become. It's the faith part that's the hardest. I really want to fret and panic and try to "fix" or "control" the situation, but I know that isn't the right or best way. Instead I have to remind myself that God always has the very best in store for me; I just have to do what I know is right and trust in Him to lead me. On the surface it seems so much simpler than the fretting attempt at control, but in reality my instinct is the fretting control attempt. With each circumstance I do become more and more comfortable with faith, but it still isn't instinctual. I guess that's why God keeps putting on the line. Sigh.