Friday, August 17, 2007


Originally uploaded by Tonja Owens
No...we are not teaching a new religion....It is just my brain cells burning up with these hot flashes. Thankfully, I caught this goof and changed it before we had open house last night. But not before the teachers all had a good laugh. That's all right's fixed now and I just PRAISE GOD that I caught it in time.

This is a picture of my classroom. One whole wall is mirrored, as you can see. Which, as you can imagine, is just wonderful for my self esteem. Especially since these extra pounds have obviously found a home they like and are refusing to vacate the premises. I have to sit and teach every day.....facing this mirror. Bad hair day? It stares me in the face all day. I can't have the kids facing the mirror because they think they have found the grandest thing in the world when they see themselves in the mirror. Being a music teacher, we do a lot of moving to music. Some may call it dancing....I prefer to say it is strange and unexplained movements made by the bodies of those who are enthralled with the music they are hearing. Anyway, it is a lot of fun for the kids to see themselves while we are playing and moving. For learning...not so much. I'm not much of a dancer...but , you know, they don't care. They just care that their teacher says, "It's o.k. to listen and move. Look, I'll do it with you. Use this wonderful body God gave you. See what all it can do!" One of the things children need is a chance to explore their feelings. Music is a wonderful way to do this, and it's not nearly as scary if we're having fun, and everyone else is doing it, too.

So, I also PRAISE GOD for music. For putting such a joyous feeling deep into our souls. Music can enable us to express many different emotions, the greatest of which is praise and worship to Him.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, how cute, Tonja! I love your little goof. I'm sure the Lord smiled at that one. :)

I don't think I knew that you are a music teacher. I hope you have a good year with your kids.


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

And there it is in your profile. Just goes to show, I need to read more often!


Musicaljean said...

Oh, Tonja, I laughed and laughed when I read this post. My hubby had to ask what was so funny. I loved the beginning - we're not teaching a new religion!!!! Praise Dog!!! That just cracks me up over and over - and believe me, that's just what I needed this evening! Thanks!

justabeachkat said...

Very cute! Where was your mind? Dreaming of the beach, I bet! (wink, wink)


Dianne said...

That is adorable! I must admit that I got a giggle the Praise Dog thing too, but what really made me laugh out loud was this, "Especially since these extra pounds have obviously found a home they like and are refusing to vacate the premises." I'm with you on that one sister! :-)