Thanksgiving in Madrid
So that was our Thanksgiving, with no turkey, but with incidental American company at an American restaurant in the heart of a sierra town in the middle of Madrid, Europe. Could it have been any stranger of a Thanksgiving?
Ya han pasado dos años desde que llegamos a California tras un paréntesis de otro año viviendo y trabajando en Madrid. El blog sigue su curso, esta vez más centrado en este "life'changing event" que nos está pasando. Y como siempre (o casi)el blog sigue llegando...¡¡¡EN ESPAÑOL!!! Sumamos y seguimos, y añadimos un nuevo miembro a nuestra familia: Sarita Do-Fernández.
I miss some holidays I became familiar with while living in California, but that are not necessarily American. In November, they celebrate "El Dia de Los Muertos", or what is the same, "The Day of the Dead". I think Latin American people picked a very cool way to honor their ancestors, their "deads". They depict them in happy ways, like this surfer dude. Death is just a part of life, and surrounding it by negativeness, sadness and solemnity is not a very nice way to celebrate the lives of those who died, and also lived. If life is better than death, then we should make a colourful holiday.
Emotional well-being should be a concern to all of us, but particularly for teachers. This is so because we are role models, we are shaping lives and personalities, and this is one big responsibility. I think that to be successful, what is key is to maintain a positive attitude about what we do. This is particularly hard at times because we tend to overwhelm ourselves by thinking of all the things that go wrong, our big concerns, and things we have no control over but we wish we had: the disfunctional family one kid lives with, the learning disability someone else has... while we tend to give less importance to the things we are capable of and good at, how we can improve the life of both students and tend to their needs. Like in a vicious circle, too much negative thinking can make us less effective teachers. And even if it's good to be aware of our shortcomings, it is not so to obsess over them. We should try to focus more of our efforts and attention on the things we can actually do.
Have you ever been in that shady area that lies right between awareness and bliss, consciousness and drunkness? Two nights ago I was sweetly caressed by alcohol's soft touch.