Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The Grimace

For some odd reason, a Thirdlander got on a crying jag yesterday and the kid would not stop.  Come to find out, she got behind on a couple of math problems, and that upset her.  So she cried for about 90 minutes quite audibly.  I got pretty annoyed and talked to her during recess duty about it.  I told her I was having a hard time letting it go.  I mean she really did wreck a perfectly great writing lesson with the incessant sobbing.  After lunch we were both cheered up and the afternoon progressed on an even keel.  During Reader's Workshop, I introduced our vocabulary venture word---grimace.  The Thirdlander cheerfully offered the sentence, "I had a grimace on my face for most of the morning."
I replied, "Yes, and I had a grimace in reaction to your grimace." She thought that was hilarious.  Truth be told, I'm still a bit annoyed about the whole thing, but I know I can get past this. I need to let it go and honor the true words of Thich Nhat Hanh:

"Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.  If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free."  


mm said...

If she's freaking out about some math problems, life is going to kick her in the butt.

Anonymous said...

No truer words were written.

Anonymous said...

I just wish Thich would give a few helpful pointers on how to achieve is SO true!