Tears at random times

I can’t say I usually cry at movies, however with the recent loss of my father I’m finding it difficult to sit through certain scenes in movies. This morning I fell victim to one of these moments while scrolling through things on Facebook. It reminded me of my relationship with my dad, and I appreciate him for it.

To say the James Earl Jone and Courtney B. Vance are brilliant actors, would be an understatement. However for some reason this scene from the play version of Fences took me down. Since the movie version of Fences has been such a success, it’s nice to see versions of the stage version as well.

The things students do

The past four weeks have been quite difficult for me. I had to take a significant amount of time away from my day job as a middle school music teacher to care for my father. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about that as I continue to cope with losing him. However with all that has happened, my students remind me (yet again) why I am a teacher, by creating this message for me.

They did manage to include music we have been studying and a song I made them research earlier in the school year. Great way of connecting our curriculum. Nice job Soundview Class of 2017.

MTV, Grief and My Grandparents

imagesI’m sitting at home enjoying episodes of Ridiculousness on MTV and missing my grandparents. I realize how odd this must sound, but this show was put in front of me after my grandmothers funeral.

Venn DiagramAfter spending a week with my grandmother, where I watched as she slipped away from us. I boarded a plane hoping to just be able to sleep for a few hours. Instead I watched about four hours of this show, and laughed so hard I cried. It helped that I had just spent the past four days dealing with loss to prime the pump for tears.

Somehow this show and my grandparents are linked in my mind. So I will enjoy the show and the memories of my grandparents.IMG_3683