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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Rainbows of The Day!




When something neat happens, no matter how small, I always say that it was my Rainbow For The Day. At the end of many school days, we'd go around the class giving each person a turn to share what the rainbow of their day or week was. I would draw a chalk rainbow or let one of the kids do this and they would know it would be one of those days. It was refreshing (and sometimes quite amusing!) to see what simple things created a rainbow for some of these kids; a cool new eraser, markers that smelled like food, getting a badge in brownies or cubs, a visit with grandma, going to McDonalds and scoring a toy, someone sharing a snack with them, a new friend to play with at recess....the possibilities were endless. It was always a nice feeling to end the day with something so positive.

Sometimes as adults, it is also the littlest things that bring us a bit of colour in a day and probably a smile too. A compliment on what we're wearing, someone telling you how much they appreciate something you did, hearing from or bumping into someone you haven't seen in a long time, winning a raffle at a local event......


For me, it is often something a student says at school. Last week, our Mayor, a young, very handsome man brought his daughter into school. He was dressed in a nice suit and tie and he really stood out amongst the other adults in the hallway. You could say he turned a few female teachers' heads too! A sweet little in my line-up just stared at him walking by, looked up at me and asked, "Is that the President or the Mayor?" Priceless! Right on par with the President......well, we actually have a Prime Minister here but the sense of import had a huge impact on this little girl.

I just had to share that with our Mayor as he walked back past us and I don't doubt that it was as much of a rainbow for him as it was for me. I smiled every time I thought of it throughout the day.

What rainbows have you had lately?


34 Comments:

Blogger brooksba said...

What a sweet moment! I hope it did brighten his day.

Rainbows for me? Returning from vacation to find my team missed me. They gave me many rainbows over the past two days.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

 
Blogger Diana said...

I had a required meeting after work last night from 5:30-9:00. grumble-grumble.

They did serve a light dinner, though, and...generous pieces of chocolate layer cake. Cake makes everything better.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Richard said...

I like the idea of a rainbow moment. I'll have to try and remember that.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Brooksba: I'm sure he at least got a smile out of it! I know your team must have missed you. You sound like a neat person to work with and one with great leadership skills.

Diana: Yeah, the cake would be the rainbow for me too!

Richard: Thanks, it is neat and I once called it, "Highlight of the Day" but I liked it better as rainbow, especially for the younger children. It would be cool to do with your kids before you tuck them in since it's reflective and calls some higher level thinking skills into use. It also makes kids feel they have "air time" and are listened to by adults. I'd always share mine too with them just to model it and let them learn a bit about me as a real "person", not just their teacher.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger meno said...

It's a small thing, but i went swimming this morning. And as i got out of the pool at the end of my workout, the much younger man in the next lane eyed my legs.
Wheeeeeeee.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Meno: At my age, I'd count that as a serious and very colourful rainbow! May even be a pot of gold at the end of that one!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Your post!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Carmi said...

Little moments like this often have the largest impact on everyone involved.

My rainbow? Waking up in the morning and seeing our youngest son - 6 - waddling into our room for a good morning hug. He often comes in before he's fully awake, and those squishes are just precious. I could hold him all day.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa: Ha! Ha! Very clever! And thanks.

Carmi: Thanks for commenting. Yes, that's got to be an amazing rainbow feeling! Enjoy him!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Beth said...

Boy, I've been looking for rainbows lately ...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mother, first off, I thought you weren't teaching school this year...are you now back? I do like your rainbow moment. When I lived in Florida, I could see rainbows that went from horizon to horizon and whenever I saw one (frequently because of the vast sky and the sun shining while it rained) I considered myself blessed. lucky, or whatever you want to call the happy feeling you mentioned.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Beth: Well, then I'm sending you a colourful rainbow vibe! One will come to you soon.

Stephen: I am only volunteering in a Gr. 3 class 1 morning a week and go in for special "one-shot-deals" other times just when I want to do music or poetry lessons. It's a great way for me to stay connected without the stress of report cards, evaluations etc. I couldn't go yesterday because I'm nursing a cold and I thought how much easier it is not to have to think of phoning a supply teacher and sending in work! Mind you, I still felt a bit guilty...a natural inclination for teachers that becomes instinctive after many years of commitment. (Just like those terrible "teacher dreams" you get every August! I had those too, even though I knew I wasn't going back!)

Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Anonymous colleen said...

This brings to mind the Irish legend of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The best things in life are free! Aren't they? I'll be on the lookout for my rainbow moment today.

Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Colleen: Yes, on St. Patrick's Day the kids at school all want to draw and colour rainbows and that pot of gold!

I'm sure you get lots of rainbows in your days!

Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Blogger Maggie said...

My rainbow was a friend from my childhood and I finally were able to reconnect and are now emailing each other. How lovely to be remembered through years apart.

Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Blogger Barbara said...

My rainbow was a warm welcome back to my office after being away for almost 3 weeks. Even though I told them I would really rather be in France, they ate the chocolate I brought back and said "welcome home." I do love the people I work with.

Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Blogger steve said...

My ex-wife quoted my daughter as having told her "Dadddy's alright- all you have to do is point him in the right direction." That's a rainbow.
So are you...
"Mother of Invention, just refracting a little light in the world!"

Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Maggie: That is a fabulous rainbow! I love when that happens,especially when you feel you can pick up where you left off and everything's comfortable. I was going to connect with a friend I haven't seen for about 10 years tomorrow but had to cancel due to a cold I have. Rats!


Barbara: That is a great feeling indeed and you were away a long time. I bet they were glad to see that chocolate too! HA!


Steve: That IS a gemmed sparkly rainbow! (And kudos to your ex for sharing that with you.) Thanks for the compliment and the refraction!

Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

A fine collection of rainbow pictures there.

Michele sent me here.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger carli said...

can't think of any recent rainbows, but I would like to see another rainbow--a real one--it's been years.
Michele sent me.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger srp said...

Here from Michele.
My rainbow for the day is a visit from my brother who lives in Vienna. It's been almost a year since we've seen him.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

JLP:Thanks..I didn't take them.

Carli: Hope you see one soon!

SRP: That's a beauty! Enjoy!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Anonymous charles ravndal said...

Seen lots of rainbows here near at home. Well my rainbow for today was that my grandmother liked the arroz caldo that I cooked for her

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger Catherine said...

A surprise bunch of flowers brought to my doorstep the other night, for lending my quilt for an exhibition. A wonderful meeting with a distant relation from the other side of the world. Just being in my garden, and seeing tiny baby praying mantises on the foliage. The wonderful greens of springtime

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger Catherine said...

I forgot to say that I came visiting from Michele's

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Anonymous charles ravndal said...

arroz caldo is a Spanish dish kindof like a rice porridge with bits of chicken and some ginger, onions, garlic.

Btw, on your Halloween post. I remember reading Baba Yaga while I was still a child

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger Pauline said...

Love the rainbow idea. I will incorporate it in my second grade classes and let you know what rainbows we collect. Thanks!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Charles:Thanks for the visit and for enlightenig me on your Spanish dish...sounds delicious! You knew Baba Yaga? Neat!

Catherine: You were commenting at the exact time I was on yours! Those flowers are beauties!

Pauline: Thanks! Once they get to know what is expected, they usually pull through with some good ones!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

 
Blogger fennymun said...

A rainbow of my day - what a lovely idea! I guess for me, would be simply a sweet smile from my younger son and a big hug from my elder son when I come home from work. Thanks for your sharing which lighten up my day.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Fennymun: Thanks. You have 2 great rainbows every day!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 
Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

There was a quote I saw in the For Your Success blog about having to sometimes make your own rainbows. I think that's very insightful.

{I'm going to have to lift at least one of these treasures for Things I Found In The Blogosphere I'd like to arrange a link there with you if you'd be so inclined.}

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Kilroy: OOPs! I posted my response on Odds and Sods post! Sure! More details there.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
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