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Dirty Face

I was professionally developed today. I am tired and struggled to find a poem that I wanted to write or post. I perused my library and found this Shel Silverstein poem. I wonder if I had shown up with a dirty face if I could have answered with such wonderful words? And, when I got to the last line, would someone scold me? Oh, do I need to find out? Is it just that teachers just want to have fun?

Where did you get such a dirty face,
My darling dirty-faced child?
I got it from crawling along in the dirt
And biting two buttons off Jeremy’s shirt.
I got it from chewing the roots of a rose
And digging for clams in the yard with my nose.
I got it from peeking into a dark cave
And painting myself like a Navajo brave.
I got it from playing with coal in the bin
And signing my name in cement with my chin.
I got if from rolling around on the rug
And giving the horrible dog a big hug.
I got it from finding a lost silver mine
And eating sweet blackberries right off the vine.
I got it from ice cream and wrestling and tears
And from having more fun than you’ve had in years.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. I read all your posts with enjoyment, Ivon, but can’t find a “Like” button when you reblog someone else’s poem or words. Not sure how this works – am I looking in the wrong place?

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    • No, it appears when we re-blog that there is not a like button. There are two ways to like it. One is to follow the link to the original blog which creates traffic to that blog. The other is to like on the reader.

      I appreciate your comments and likes and thank you for them Victoria.

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  2. Wonderful poem, wonderful sharing. Thanks aboundingly! Tasha

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  3. I am so glad you found it to post!
    Wonderful….
    )0(
    ladyblue

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  4. I love Shel’s stuff. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  5. Fun poem. That line sure comes out of nowhere and zings…
    Russ

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  6. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.

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  7. This is so good! Playful..

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  8. Made me smile :)

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  9. There is no doubt that one of the joys of teaching is remembering the delight of being a child. And there’s also no doubt that educators with your commitment may not have enough time in their day to escape to those delights. I hope you find some time to play this weekend Ivon.

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  10. always good to read Shel Silverstein

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  11. Ah ..the joys and delightfulness of being a child that ultimately completes the journey of a teacher..:)

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