Monday, November 19, 2012

Mrs. Thompson's Story

One day I went to my mailbox at school and found this heart warming story.  I had to pass it along.
 
Mrs. Thompson's Story
 
There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher.  Her name was Mrs. Thompson.  She stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school and told the children a lie.  Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.  But that was impossible because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
 
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play well with other children, that his clothes were messy, and that he constantly needed a bath.  And Teddy could be unpleasant.  It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, marking bold X's and then putting a big F at the top of his papers.
 
At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last.  However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.  Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh.  He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around."  His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."  His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him.  He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."  Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class."
 
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.  She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's.  His present was clumsily wrapped in heavy brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.
 
Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.  Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. She stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.  Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to."
 
Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy.  As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive.  The more she encouraged him, he faster he responded.  By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became her favorite.
 
A year later she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.  Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy.  He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.  Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest honors.  He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.
 
Then four more years passed and yet another letter came.  This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further.  The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had.  Now his name was a little longer - the letter was signed Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.
 
The story doesn't end there.  You see, there was yet another letter that spring.  Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married.  He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.  Of course, Mrs. Thompson did.  And guess what?  She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing.  And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.  They hugged each other and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, "Thank you, Mrs. Thompson for believing in me.  Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."  Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back.  She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong.  You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference.  I didn't know how to teach until I met you." 
 
This story speaks for itself. 
 
 
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Upside Down Apple Pecan Pie

Five years ago I made an Upside Down Apple Pecan Pie to take to our family's Thanksgiving dinner and five years later, I am still taking apple pie!  My mom had made this apple pie before and suggeested it to me to take that first year.  My mother-in-law told me a story about her mother making apple pie and my father-in-law loved it, but since she had passed away he hadn't eaten apple pie...until I started bringing it to Thanksgiving dinner and he loves to eat a slice of my warm apple pie.  I plan on taking a few more other dishes this year to dinner, but I know that I will be in trouble if I show up without apple pie! 
 
 
 
Upside Down Apple Pecan Pie
 
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, melted
15 oz. package Pillsbury All Ready Pie Crust (roll out kind)
6 cups sliced apples (5-6 apples)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 
Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In a 10" pie plate, combine pecans, brown sugar, and margarine; spread evenly over bottom of the pan.  Unroll one pie crust and place over pecan mixture in pan.
 
In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, and cinnamon; mix lightly.  Spoon into pie crust lined pan.  Top with second pie crust.  Lightly mash edges together and flute to seal the two crusts together. Cut slits in several places on the top crust.  Place on cookie sheet (to keep from dirtying the oven!) and bake for 40-50 minutes until crust is golden brown and apples are tender.
 
Cool pie upright in pan for 5 minutes.  Place serving plate over pie; invert.  Carefully remove pan.  Some nuts may remain in pan.  Scoop them up and replace them on pie!
 
Cool at least one hour before serving...or not! :)


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

fab five girls weekend

Two weeks ago I met my nearest and dearest four best friends in Hot Springs for our annual Fab Five Girls Weekend!  Unfortunately, it has been a year since we were all together, but time and miles can't separate us :)  Katie found us a great cabin on the lake.  It was such a relaxing weekend of catching up and spending time with the ones who know me best. 
 
The leaves had started turning and it was beautiful!
 
 
 
 
 
We stayed in on Friday night since we were all arriving at different times.  Saturday, well, we didn't get out of our pajamas until it was time for dinner that night!  We spent the day on the deck and down on the dock with our toes in the water, watched college football, and reminisced all day long :)
 
Funny story - We were trying to get my camera set up with the timer and I couldn't get it to work.  I was heading inside to get my camera manual, not paying attention, and smacked right into the glass door.  Hard.  I do admit, it was quite funny, but man it hurt! 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Megan, Amy, and Allison were talking to Knox and Sloane on Facetime.  Can you tell?
 
 
 
 
We had dinner at Central Park Fusion, the best restaurant in Hot Springs! The girls had salmon and I had a steak and I will say it was probably the best steak I've ever eaten.  If you are ever there, you need to check it out! 
 
During college when we would all come home, we would all end up at Fat Jacks, the local bar in Texarkana.  They just opened up a new one in Hot Springs so we had to stop by!  We stayed to watch the LSU/Alabama game and then headed back to the cabin.
 
 
 
We all headed back to our homes on Sunday morning.  It was so great to be with my loves for the weekend and I was so sad to leave.  Hopefully it won't be a year next time :)
 
 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thanksgiving Linky Party!

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Linky Party! 

The hostesses are Elizabeth from Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box, Meg from Henning Love, and Allison from Cupcake Diaries, and we are so excited to see what you link up with for Thanksgiving!  Link up with Thanksgiving recipes, decor, crafts, DIY projects, or anything else your thankful heart desires!

When you link up on Harvest Home, it will show up on the other blogs as well. 

Be sure to come back on December 10 for our Christmas Linky Party where you can link up Christmas ideas - I can't wait for that!!!

These turkey cookies are the cutest!  They would be great to make with your children at home.  I wish I had seen these sooner and I would have made one for each of my students for Thanksgiving!


We talk a lot about being thankful at school.  For all you teachers reading, this would be a great idea to do in your classroom!  I'm filing it away for next Thanksgiving since we only have one day left of school before a week out for Thanksgiving :)

via thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com

Be sure to link up!  Can't wait to see all your Thanksgiving ideas!


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