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Six Things That Make Me Happy…

I was tagged with another meme…and I think my tagger might have something up his sleeve.  Terry Shay tagged me for two memes in a row which is breaking rule #43 of Meme post tagging.  I am thinking he is slick enough to see that my posts were increasingly taking on a crabby negative dark side spirit and he is making sure that there is still some joy in my life….right Terry?  😉

I am going to do three connected to school, and three personal.

1-Using my chainsaw.  We have a wood stove and I cut my own wood.  You can’t let your mind wander while using a chainsaw.  It makes me block out the rest of the world and I experience “flow.”  The process of cutting done a tree, piecing it, splitting it, stacking it, putting it in the stove to heat my family is a very satisfying job.  It is one job in my life that has a beginning, middle, and end.  Sounds kind of silly, but I am sticking with it.

2-Coming home to my family.  Seeing my wife smile and hearing the words daddy will never get old.  My wife doesn’t call me daddy, that would be my kids.

3-Being outside.  I could be on top of a mountain or walking through a city.  I am always happier when I am outside.

4-Getting an email from a past student.  Just knowing that they paused long enough to remember me is touching.

5-Having a kid get up in front of the class who previously barely spoke and blow everyone way with a presentation.  The rule is if you produce a tear in my eye you get an “A.”

6-When a student talks to me when they don’t have to.  Whether it is a deep dark secret, or just what they had for diner last night.  It makes me happy that they trusted me, or even thought of me to share.

Huh…I decided not to think and just go with the first six things and then go back and read Terry’s list. I notice some similarities between ours, and note the lack of things like cruises to the Bahamas.  Which simply means we both should go on more cruises.

Ok, here are the rules for this meme:
Link to the person who tagged you.
Post six things that make you happy along with these rules.
Then tag six others (letting them know, of course).
Let the person who tagged you know when your entry is complete.

I tag the following bloggers:






Steve Moore

By the way, if you are an experienced blogger and you get tagged in the future, don’t forget to support up-and-coming bloggers and tag them.  There are some links here!


  1. First, I chose you two times because I like your thoughts on things….No ulterior motive to cure crabbiness (but I am not sad if it helped move you along the path to a brighter week)!

    Love the idea of students talking you when they don’t need to… As I think I said in mine, best part of teaching!

    Thanks for the kind words! Vacation??? I have one day off (not including weekends) until May 28, when school is out. SO, the whole idea of a cruise sounds good. I might just settle for a little personal day- golf outing in May!

  2. I like these memes you do Paul. I’m usually not one to put as much personal into my blogs (I like commentary I suppose), but these prompts deal in just the right amount of emotion and profession. Thanks for the tag!

  3. The best thing about meme’s are that I get to know people better. I follow their blogs and know that professionally I like what they have to say but this makes it more personal. Thanks for doing this. You definitely sound like a happy person and I am definitely a fan! 🙂

  4. I feel the same way about being outside. As long as the weather is nice i a always out with my brother and sisters playing an old-fashioned game of whiffle ball.
    I completed the post a few days ago, but I forgot to tell you I finished.

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