Then we have my friend, Jen, who gave me the link to "A Pittance of Time". You need to read the singers explanation about how the song was created. The guy paying no attention to the two minutes was a real person, make sure you aren't that guy this year.
Another friend and frequent poster, MaryT sent me this:
A lesson that should be taught in all schools . . And colleges
Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks out of her classroom.
When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'
She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.'
They thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.'
'No,' she said.
'Maybe it's our behavior.'
She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.
By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.
Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story.
We need more teachers like that one to instill in our children the pride and honour for our troops that they deserve.
Thanks for all the help from my friends!
Finally, I want to thank everyone who comes out, no matter the weather, to the 50 bridges covering 170 kilometers, to send our heroes home in style on the "Highway of Heroes". I am sure it comforts the families of the fallen to know that Canadians care. Understand that for every single person standing on those bridges there are another 1000 from around the country who wish they could be there to send our troops home, with respect for their sacrifice. Even Prince Charles mentioned our "Highway of Heroes". Get your Kleenex out.
May we have no more people who have to gather on the bridges to welcome our heroes home. May we gather next time to welcome them home, with a job well done, and all troops having their hearts, minds and souls, intact.
Tomorrow, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, take two minutes of your time to remember, ALL of the men and women who fought and died for our freedom. It's the least we can do to honour our troops.