Here is my 3rd of 25 by the 25th. It could happen!
|motif #23 - not to "snowflake-y"|
Now I've got my eye on Frivole's Céleste. I bought it at once but ....beads. What is my ridiculous laziness about beads? I love them on tatting, I have a bead spinner that just loads those beads right up so what's the deal? I think it's because so much of my tatting is stolen time. I tat whenever and wherever but there isn't very much "just sit down in my chair" tatting. I tat at the ortho, while in the car waiting for my daughter to get done with rehearsal, in meetings(!), in restaurants while waiting for food, anytime my husband drives us somewhere and it's not dark- quite a challenge these days when it's dark by 5:00, anywhere I can squeeze it in but there's not very much "hey, I think I'll go tat now."
Read on for a why-I-love-middle-schoolers story.
So, middle schoolers are the best people in the world. They're funny, charming, growing, awkward, gawky, beautiful, happy, mad, goofy, sad, silly all in about a minute! Every day I teach the kids ONE Latin word/phrase that exists in English but is actually Latin. So this was the day for "etc. - et cetera". First there's surprise that this is Latin, and we go through that yes, English is a jumble of many other languages. Then we talk about how the abbreviation is ETC, not ECT which so many people do, but I point out that the first word is ET which means "and" and the second is CETERA which means "the others" and since those two are the words behind the abbreviation, ECT just doesn't make sense, then we would mean "ec tetera"- haha. Okay? Okay. Everyone dutifully writes this down. We use the expression in a few sentences and everyone seems to understand. We're ready to move to the next activity and one of the boys raises his hand.
"Mrs. Vitt, how do you say it in Latin?
"How do you say "et cetera" in Latin?
"What's the Latin for "et cetera" though?"
"That is the Latin, Name-Removed."
"No, what is the LATIN (said with some irritation)?"
"The Latin is "et cetera"."
At this point the other 6th graders are trying to help poor Name-Removed and me. They are chiming in on all sides. Finally, I quiet them and say,
"Name-Removed, the whole point of these kinds of words is that they are BOTH Latin and English. So the Latin is "et cetera"."
He looks at me with a supremely patient expression.
"I knooooooooow. But how do you SPELL the Latin?"
At this point, I burst into giggles and can't talk.
He shakes his head.
And that is why I love going to work every day and have for the last 25 years. I've taught high school too and they are fun but nothing, like this.