The Best of Me

Toot Your Horn

Most of us are excellent at being self-deprecating, and are not so good at the opposite. Tell us your favorite thing about yourself.

When I was in teacher’s college, I took courses that teach you how to teach. My English course was there to teach us how to teach English, our math courses to teach us how to teach math. In “the arts” class (which taught us how to teach drama, music, dancing, and the visual arts) I was introduced to the children’s book, The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald.

The Best Part of Me: Children talk about their bodies in pictures and words

Image via chapters.ca

For those who have never heard of it before, here is the little blurb from chapters.ca:

An award-winning photographer asked several children “What is the best part of you?”, and presents their answers in this sometimes funny, sometimes moving, deeply personal book that includes striking black-and-white photographs taken by the author. Ideal for parents and teacher to use to discuss body image, self-esteem, and diversity with children.

This is an amazing book! It highlights what each child loves about themselves. What a great gift to share with the world!! I actually think I’m going to use it for my horrible over enthusiastic class. Give them something to write about that we can stick on the walls. It is a writing class this month, and last week they all wrote almost an identical essay on Harry Potter. Not even bothering to copy out of their books correctly *bangs head on the wall*

Just to add a little bit of amazing lighthearted love to your day, check out these two youtube videos. The pink words will open in a new tab, don’t worry! I got you covered 😉

Grade 1 Class: In this video, if you go to about the 1 minute mark, there is a picture of this adorable little boy, who says that his hair is what he loves most, and that he would die if he didn’t have it (I feel his pain every day!) and then he would be sad because his mom would miss him. How sweet!! ❤ ❤

Kindergarten Class: And of course, ya’ll need to hear what kindergarten children have to say. Everyone should have to have at least one 5 minute conversation with a kindergarten child a day. It releases stress, lowers blood pressure, and gives you a good giggle. *no medical research has been done by me in this area. Please consult your physician before using this medial advice*

If you’re really interested in just the book, here is a teacher who made a video of her reading the book. Not sure how that works with copy-write laws but, here is it anyways. It’s a beautiful book.

 

Ok so now that I’m done shamelessly gushing about that book, I’ll get around the answering the prompt for today. *clears throat*

I have two things that I love about me. My second favourite thing is my nose. My dad has a very long and thin nose, and my mom has a short and wide nose. I have perfection in the middle! It used to be pierced with an adorable little pink stud in it. But when I started my placement for teacher’s college, the principal “preferred” that I take it out while I was in the school. Aka, I had to take it out. I had spent the last 8 months taking it out for Tim Horton’s every shift, but since I assumed that would be the drill for the rest of my teaching career, I just let it grow over. Little did I know that the board I ended up working for didn’t really care about such things.

Now, the thing I love the most about me: my eyes. I love my eyes! My mom, dad, and brother all have brown eyes. I have amazing green eyes. Some days they are green, some hazel, and some days they can look almost a greyish-greenish-blueish awesome kind of colour. The sun makes them sparkle, and they light up my face.

My eyelashes and eyebrows are white, which gives me an interesting look (and fascinates my Korean students every single day). Actually, it’s kind of an alarming look! Great for reactions from people who see it for the very first time!

I have freckles all over my eyelids, and even after doing my makeup you can still see them shinning through. I look pretty darn cute in contacts, and in glasses. They are able to hold a little, or a lot, of makeup.

I love my eyes!

Ps: do ya’ll know how difficult it is to take pictures of your eyes so close without glasses on?! They were never focused on the camera, always looking off to the side. I recommend doing it with a friend if you ever try HAHA. Please excuse my puffy “first thing in the morning” pre-makeup look 😉

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