For weeks now – OK months I have contemplated no longer blogging. I posted my first blog post to AmaraLand on January 19, 2010. Amara was 6 years old at the time and I still wish that I had started blogging when she was first born. But now Amara is almost 13 years old. She is still the best and most beautiful grandchild ever but she is getting to the age where having Grandma blog about her really isn’t cool anymore. She is at the age where she needs and deserves her privacy. I still get to see her almost every day and we still have lots of fun together but it became harder and harder to come up with new and interesting things to blog about. How often can I tell you about our trips to Baskin & Robins or the frozen yogurt store? The pressure of trying to plan events to blog about was getting to me. I decided it was time to move on.
One last thing before I go. If you read AmaraLand for very long you know how much I really enjoyed volunteering. OCSA, where Amara goes now doesn’t need the kind of volunteer support that Santiago did/does. I have joined the PTO there; attended a couple of meetings and helped out by baking or cooking a few times. But it just wasn’t the same. So in early November I emailed one of my favorite Santiago teachers and asked her if she needed any help with her 1st grade readers. She couldn’t have been happier to accept my offer. So now I work every Thursday morning for 2 hours in her classroom. It is so much fun and so rewarding. The hardest part has been trying to learn 30 students’ names! I’ve explained to them I am old and have memory issues – they just laugh at me! But think about it – one teacher trying to teach 30 students. She breaks them up into 3 groups. She takes one group, I take one group and the 3rd group goes to their computers and then we rotate! I can’t imagine trying to teach all of them at once! She has other volunteers on other days but not full time. I am pretty sure it is that way at most schools. I’ve told my Aunt Phyllis I am taking up her torch! For those of you who might not have read about her, my Aunt Phyllis is 95 and still walks the 3 blocks to the local elementary to help students read. She has been doing it for 15 years now so I am starting early! So my suggestion is – if you have a spare couple hours each week and you want a lot of extra hugs – call the local elementary school. Grandma Power!
But before I go you do need some recent Amara pictures! You can click them to make them larger.