Blog 103 – 5.3.18 Somebody…please talk to me…

Walking to the shops today I bumped into Clara and her mum from St.W’s primary school (where I volunteer). Clara was smiling from ear to ear as soon as we spotted each other… I said hi to both, and told Clara I would be going on the school trip to a nature reserve with her class this week! Clara couldn’t stop beaming at me. You’re name is J! she said. Yes, I said. Then she ran straight towards me and gave me an almighty hug!! You are the best teacher!! she said. I’ve said it before, I know….but volunteering in a primary school is a great way to feel great! I’m not a teacher of course…I just read with the year 2s (aged 6/7 years old) for about 5 minutes each every week….but just look at the payback.

I had mentioned to my niece, B (currently a Teaching Assistant) that the children in my class seem uncommonly pleased to come and read with me. Ah….she said. Do you talk to them?…er…yes, I said. I ask them how they are and if there are doing anything exciting in class or about the book they are reading…which means they may ending up telling me great tales about what they did, or about Florence Nightingale (they know a heck of a lot about Florence Nightingale!!) or about their nasty older brother, or the Chilean football team they support. Well, she said..you see, the curriculum is so packed and rigid that the teachers are doing all they can to teach and get through it…there is no time for much talk. And at home, parents are distracted with other kids, their mobile phones, or life in general. So, many of them don’t get a chance to talk to any adults.

For me, that’s just too sad. These kids really want to talk. Of course, the upside of the fact they don’t get to, is that I get lovely ‘thank you’ messages… and occasional hugs….

If you have some spare time – go volunteer in a primary school. They will do a background check, and you will have a fun and rewarding time helping the kids.

jx

Thank you St. W.

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About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married to Jay and we live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtTgtkDLNys). Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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