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Archive for November, 2005

Jump Rope

Posted by hrgarippa on 21 November, 2005

Does anyone know any Jump Rope rhymes ? I love twirling the jump rope for the kids and they love jumping but we are pretty monotonous in our rhymes …

Cinderella dressed in yellow went upstairs to kiss a fella made a mistake and kissed a snake, how many doctors will it take…1, 2, 3, 4, 5….

and then there is….

1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and so one.

So I need someone to help me remember way back to being a kid when we jumped rope…wasn’t there something about Miss Mary Mac, and Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear????


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Lunch at Carver

Posted by hrgarippa on 17 November, 2005

Every now and then I’ll go over and have lunch with the kids at their school, G.W. Carver. It is a scary place. There should be a sign on the lunchroom door that says, “Enter at Your Own Risk.”

Kids arrive at school at about 7am in order to get breakfast and they sit in their classrooms until lunch time when they are required to sit with the lights off while they eat their food in silence for the first 15 minutes, after that they have about 10 minutes of free play time outside. Then they are dismissed at 3:45.

In the lunchroom there is this woman, we’ll call her Mrs. Gorf she is a microphone wielding, mean woman. She oozes a need for control and she gains that control by putting the kids down and she does that by yelling at them through her microphone. There is no softness in her face, there is no kindness in her voice. The children walk around in fear.

Do you remember the book, Sideways Stories From Wayside School

Mrs. Gorf had a long tongue and pointed ears. She was the meanest teacher in wayside School. She taught class on the thirtieth story. “If you children are bad,” she warned, “or if you answer a problem wrong, I’ll wriggle my ears, stick out my tongue, and turn you into apples!” Mrs. Gorf didn’t like children but she loved apples.

I think Carver’s Mrs. Gorf loves control more than she loves the children. I’d love to figure out what brought her to Carver, to the inner-city. She obviously has a lot going on…inside. When I try to talk to her she is closed and looks at me as if to say, “why do you care?” Why do I care? I want to care more. I want to love Mrs. Gorf the way that God loves Miss Garippa…but sheesh she makes it so hard.

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Great Quote

Posted by hrgarippa on 16 November, 2005

I discovered this great quote the other day,

Love is not blind it sees more not less.
But because it sees more it is willing to see
~Rabbi Julins Gordon

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Not My Kids

Posted by hrgarippa on 16 November, 2005

The Lord is constantly reminding me that these kids in West Dallas, are not mine…they are His. I want to make them mine, I want to fix their problems, I want to give them a world of opportunity. I have great ideas for them, great ways to fix the pain in their life. But God allowed them to be born into this life, into this situation and I know he isn’t about to just turn and walk away from them. He is going to be the one to use the pain, and the problems and all the rest to give them a world of opportunity. He is constantly providing them the tools they need to make right decisions, to turn and flee from the evil that exisits around them. I believe that God is closest to them, the poor and the fatherless. They are His kids not my kids…I just receive the blessings that come from loving them here on earth, and maybe helping them to see their fullest potential in the Lord.

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Posted by hrgarippa on 16 November, 2005

I have been thinking lately about the things that I am thankful for. The things that bring me joy and happiness. Here is a list I’ve thought of it is by no means exhaustive:

The steadfast love of the Father
His Son, Jesus
The Holy Spirit
God’s Word
My Dad
My Mom
West Dallas
Mercy Street
Vision Kids
The Sun
Good Music
Raymond Foogle
Zalikia Foogle
Priscilla Rincon
Steven Aikens
Joey Aikens
Rissah Goodlet
Geovante Dennis
Trey and Melissa Hill
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Being reminded that I’m just like the kids
Red Wine
A good salad
Reading a good book
A glass of water
The Seasons
ALL the kids God has placed in my life
My health
Psalm 139
The mountains
The Ocean
Hamburgers and french fries
Thai Food
Italian Food
GOOD food
Quiet mornings
The color of the sky
Pride and Prejudice
For being allowed to share the love of Christ with the community of West Dallas…EVERYDAY.
My grandparents and their legacy of faith

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