Monday, October 6, 2008

I Found a Mini-Me!

I'm so excited - I have my very own "Mini-Me" in one of my classes! At least, that's how I'm starting to view Rachel. Just as I did in fifth grade, she absolutely loves English class. Like I did, she writes far more than asked for on all writing assignments, and goes above and beyond on projects. In fact, the project that she completed for today looked exactly like something I would have done in school. She's talkative, eager to volunteer (hand constantly in the air, just like mine was in English class), and she even dresses similarly to how I did as a kid.

I have decided that if I find out that Rachel writes poetry in her math class and passes notes in her science class, I am going to change her name to Stephanie!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"