Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What Will You Be? Imagining Careers

Rainbow Sprinkles
Photo by Amy LV

Holiday Sprinkles
Photo by Amy LV

Click the arrow to hear me read this poem to you.

Students - Last Friday, I went shopping at one of my favorite shops - Lantz's in Warsaw, NY.  This is a little shop with a lot of food, all in bulk.  I came home with bags of wasabi peas, honey roasted soy nuts, lemon drops, graham cracker pretzels, and lots more.  But once again, as always, I was struck by the rows and rows of beautiful sprinkles in every color!  The two pictures above only show some of the sprinkles at Lanz's, all that would fit my screen.

When I took those photographs, I did not know what I would use them for.  I was simply struck by their beauty and wonderfulness.  The picture waited inside my camera in the same way that a favorite line waits in my notebook.

This is a question poem as you can see right in the title.  And it's a question that children are asked often, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"  Well, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher.  But there are times that I imagine training dogs or designing doll clothes or testing ping pong balls. Jobs are fascinating, how many and how varied they are.  And it's great fun to invent jobs as I did (a bit) today!  What will YOU be?

This week over at my other blog, Sharing Our NotebooksBarry Lane shares his notebooks and offers a generous giveaway of two of his books about writing and a CD.  A winner will be drawn on Sunday, September 30...the beginning of Banned Books Week!

A Favorite Shop
Photo by Amy LV

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  1. Beautiful Amy "I can't wait to sprinkle each leaf and each heart." I think this is one that shows how much 'change' can happen from one picture. One might think it was going to be a yummy poem, but no, you found a different look. I love to show students how they can think in different ways. Thanks-& what a very cool shop!

  2. I love your poem, Amy. It makes me think of a "Sugar Plum Fairy Amy LV", a magic teacher sprinkling poems for life and learning and love. Also has gotten me thinking of Emily Dickinson's Autumn poem, "I think I'll put a trinket on" well that's maybe the line..... makes me wonder what else can we sprinkle beauty on? I am glad you are a poet/teacher even though I bet you make yummy cookies, too. Janet F. Check out the Soup Poem at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Bet you'll like it!

  3. Adorable poem, Amy! Great photos to go with it, too.

  4. We loved this poem with its playfulness! It reminds me how important it is to do what you love and to love what you do!
    Laurie Luft