America is in a situation that we have never seen before, and that we all hope never to see again. Even just two short weeks ago, we could not have envisioned the cessation of life as we know it in these United States, with closures of all we are accustomed to enjoying. It is shocking to find ourselves at home for days on end.
Even though it is only the beginning of the quarantine, I know that one thing that can make this situation better, and that is my reaction to it. I love being out and about. With my two books, I spend many days presenting in elementary and college classrooms. I like going shopping and "just looking" in the stores. Like you, I enjoy having a full calendar combining work and fun and friends. I live alone, as I am a widow, and my social life saves me from loneliness.
Not for the next few weeks.:(
At first, I panicked internally and mentally. I am just not a person who is at home that much. Now that I have thought it through, I plan to use this "must stay home" time to complete some home projects and work through others. I am going to reread some favorite books - books I still think about, but do not take the time to peruse. I am organizing my office - a monumental task, indeed! And I had some new hardwood floors laid in my living and dining rooms, which made a lot of dust, along with a big mess that I have to put back together. When I changed the way I looked at the quarantine, I realized that suddenly I have plenty of time to do things that need to be done, and other things that I want to do. I am trying to be grateful for this unexpected gift of time.
I urge you to halt the feeling that you are trapped at home, and look at this time as a gift. Do some things in your house that you have been putting off. Enjoy seeing your home in the daylight, when you are usually at work. Make a little "to do" list that makes you feel accomplished with each item you check off. Do something nice for others. One thing I know for sure is that it makes a person feel wonderful when doing a kindness for another!
I hope your home bound quarantine is a positive one. It is up to you. Good luck!
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Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school. if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.
Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required reading. Signed copies are available www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics.
I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books. Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self. However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired!
Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom. Check them out! http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/
Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book. I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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