Friday, December 17, 2010
A Special Surprise!!!!
Yesterday, I received a special gift in the mail. I thought I would share it with you, my art friends, because you can appreciate the honor of such a gift. Mr. Welt sent me an original James Rizzi painting as a Christmas gift. How awesome! I had the privilege of meeting Henry last year when my husband and I went to New York City. He said this painting reminded him of us. It is titled “Me and You. You and Me.” This gift has special meaning to me because of the difficult things I have gone through in the past year. Both my parents and my only sibling are chronically ill and were hospitalized several times this past year. I started my first year in a new school and was struggling to not let my personal life impact my effectiveness as a teacher. I felt that there was so much more I wanted to do with my students, but I was emotionally drained. Then I started teaching about James Rizzi. The events that occurred (see previous posts) after getting in contact with Henry and corresponding, were amazing. I was receiving the affirmation that I needed at such a difficult time. I am the only art teacher in my building and one of two in my district. Sometimes I question my skills as a teacher because I am all alone ( I am sure some of you can relate). It may sound silly, but I needed to be valued. So…thank you for valuing what I do as a teacher!