As a kindergarten teacher, the 100th day of school was such an exciting time of the year. It was an important academic, social and emotional milestone for our students. The first one hundred days were spent growing an eclectic group of four and five year-olds with varying skills and needs into a community of enthusiastic learners and caring classroom citizens. By the time the 100th day of school rolled around the classroom was running like a well-oiled machine…well, on most days. This special day’s lesson plans incorporated all areas of the curriculum around the one hundredth day theme. A favorite activity was for each child to decorate a paper bag and bring it to school filled with one hundred items. The children filled their bags with such things as mini marshmallows, cheerios, and the ever popular bag of one hundred pennies. One year a student brought a bag that contained 100 false teeth. Her grandmother worked at a local dental supply company so it made perfect sense for the teeth to be used for the assignment. I can still see the children sitting in a circle on the carpet anxiously awaiting the reveal of each bag of one hundred items. This is the kind of memory that gives me a “warm fuzzy” as we used to say.
Now retired with my constant companion by my side, I am celebrating a different kind of one hundred. Today is my 100th blog about my sweet little Jellybean on my WordPress site, A Lady and Her Mischievous Little Dog. What fun it is to share my special stories with you. Whether Jellybean does something cute, silly, loving, naughty, etc. there is always the makings of a little story about it. Over the next few weeks look for me to bring back a few of my favorites. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read and share my blog posts. It means so much when you leave a little comment. As for Jellybean, currently stretched out on the floor with all four paws in the air, one can only imagine what her next move will be. Whatever it is, rest assured I am one proud mama who will be right there with my iphone and laptop ready to share it with the world.
Beverly Stiffler Smith