Out of the mouths of babes

When the kids were little and they said something profound , matter of factly or remarkably wise my mother would ” out of the mouths of babes”.

and she was right!

Daughter #2 and I were talking and she had said she saw an “ad” on Black Friday for an animal shelter offering cats and kittens buy one get one 1/2 off, she was really ticked to say the least  and said “animals are not a product to put on sale like tvs and groceries, how can the offer a sale like that?” I completely agreed!

Daughter #3 heard someone say this past summer something about gay pride and the pride parade in Toronto, something about how they disagreed with it, thought it was gross, she piped up and said simply “if you don’t like it don’t go”, she like myself have zero tolerance for any kind of discrimination of any kind. Once again completely agreed!

Daughter #2 mentioned that some of the teachers at her school were obviously unhappy about their jobs…one in particular, he centers out kids in class, is rude and seems generally unhappy, she feels its “time for him to retire as there are many new teachers looking for work that really want to teach and would make a big difference in the learning experience of the kids and maybe they would be a little happier wanting to go to school in a positive learning environment.Did I mention this is a class that she cuts quite frequently….. Again agreed!

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There are anti bullying ads all over the place, it is taught in school, how to deal with bullies, what to do if someone is being bullied etc.  #1,2 and 3 have all been bullied as many kids have been , that being said I am also sure that #1,2 and 3 have probably been bullies at one point or another again as many kids have been.  One of the girls is having difficulty at school, there is a small group of 3 sometimes 4 girls that are not only centering her out but others as well. Centering one girl out in the hallway in front of many onlookers and making her cry after revealing a secret she had told one of them when they had been friends.  She walks into to class and has all 3 sometimes 4 stare her down and start whispering, nasty remarks and cheap shots on twitter, Facebook and via text, which are quickly deleted….I know I would not want to go to school or work under those conditions.   None of these girls will go into the office to speak to a guidance counsellor of principle , nothing is usually done either unfortunately, the fear is that if they say anything the bullying will get worse!  I was reminded when I suggested speaking to the guidance counsellor that ” We are not in public school anymore and they won’t do anything anyway!”  I  hear these stories all the time, I think its very sad and discouraging.  So many people are working to stop bullying and really not much has changed.  I have spoken with other parents about bullying and the feeling is the same “nothing is ever done, teachers hands are tied”.

I’m a still thinking about the best way to help her with this….

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There really is a Santa!

Paul and I went out for breakfast on Saturday morning to our favorite place the “The Dairy Bar” 😀 😀

We had the usual,  his BIG Breakfast – eggs, pancakes, bacon, toast and home fries and my Eggs Bennie! YUM, YUM, YUM!

When we first walked in, the restaurant was packed, lots of people wearing santa hats, chatting, laughing the mood of the restaurant that morning was amazing, everyone smiling.

From where we were sitting I had a clear view of the street, which I love… I can do my people watching 😀 .  We were having our coffee talking when all of of sudden I saw this guy peeking in the window….it was SANTA!

Santa came in and said hello to everyone,  there was a family sitting near us, two little guys and a baby probably around a year old.  It brought tears to my eyes to see their faces when he walked over to them, the baby had the funniest dumbfounded look on his face, he was in awe of the man in red! 😀

I also noticed I wasn’t the only adult in the restaurant with a huge grin!

After his visit with the kids he made his rounds saying hello to everyone ordered a coffee and took a seat by the window 😀 😀

Loved it!

Santa walks up and down the main street of town for most of the month of December, he is not paid by a company or the town to do so, just a retired man dressing as Santa bringing smiles to everyone.  Many honk, wave and yell Merry Christmas!

I can only imagine the feeling he gets everyday, bringing such joy to so many.

Thanks Santa.

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