Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Teaching, friends, flirting ... and a little seriousness

Yesterday, I taught my first students in Carlyle.

It was a pretty amazing feeling... I have taught before but never for a living. Watching a little girl and her mother walk up the stairs to the house; greeting them at the door; feeling
uncertainty radiate from all three of us; making them smile; listening to my student (!!) playing a song for me; writing in her book what I want her to practice; watching her face when she realizes lessons might be more fun than she thought.

What an awesome responsibility a teacher has. I teach and the student practices what I teach. If I get it wrong... but on the other hand, think of all the joys I can show the student. Think about the music she or he will pass on in turn?

And now we come to friends. Actually, friends and flirting fit into the same topic here because of theater. At camp this year, there was this couple working in the kitchen: David and Shelly S. They're probably old enough to be my grandparents... or possible an uncle and aunt couple. We got to know them quite well and really enjoyed their company. So I was thrilled when David was in the theater production that Michele introduced me to. Talk about fun. ;-)

I am one of the girls who has to flirt with the sailor (David) during a song. They called me up last minute for this part and I'm desperately whispering to David, "how do I flirt?!" and he's grinning like a Cheshire Cat because the situation was so awkward. It was very funny.

So tonight, after
lessons today, I go to theater again and I will have to flirt again. But this time, I think I'll have some bows in my quiver of ideas and I won't be caught off guard. :-)

Fall is definitely here! It's chilly and rainy out. I'm so thankful to have a nice warm house to be in. Now, I must bid you adieu, eat some lunch and prepare myself for my students. Life is good.

That he would grant you, according to the
riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
all ages, world without end. Amen.

A friend brought these scriptures to mind.. between that and some other happenings in my life, I have been thinking about the way I effect people. God knows *how* I want to effect people but whether I do is a completely different matter. ;-) Please pray for me, if you think of it.


Anonymous said...

Yay for teaching your first student..and may you have many more!
Hehe about the flirting...did you bat your eyelashes?
It is that time of year; I decided today it is time to make up some more chai tea mix!
Many blessings on you dear sister and may you touch many lives with the love of Christ.

Naomi said...

Jac, it is so much fun teaching. :) It's great watching their faces...

Flirting.. well, it was more me smiling coyly(?) giving him little side hugs. Lol. I am terrible at it. :P However, I have a couple of ideas that might work... if I could just get over my self consciousness. ;)

Mmm.. chai tea is so good. What are your ingredients?

Many blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your first student; what a wonderful feeling and I hope you and the student have much success together!

Flirting would be terribly awkward for me =P I would feel very self-conscious but good luck! ;)

Praying for you! Sometimes I wonder how I effect people around me too. i know, it's not always in the right way... =/

Naomi said...

Sam, thanks. :)

I know... flirting feels really awkward for me, too. But at the same time, I've been realizing how there are different definitions of flirting. :) It is still awkward... hopefully something that will come more easily in the future. Haha.

Effecting people... It's easy to get caught up in the moment and forget my focus. On the other hand, sometimes when I concentrate too much on my focus, I am not myself. So it's a fine line one must walk.

Oh my goodness! I forgot I was going to send you an email! I am so sorry. Off to do that right now. Lol. :P :(