Marsha, Marsha, Marsha…

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Oct 25 2007

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Ever heard the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” Well….I have a real-life example to share with you. Take a look at this:homecoming-door-10-26-07.jpg

What do you think? Do you like the door?

Let me explain…this week has been homecoming week at the high school I teach. We were encouraged to decorate our door with our advisement class. Advisement is only 20 minutes everyday…if they actually manage to show up on time (which rarely happens). I’ve had the worst problem with my group, and I overheard one of the teachers talking about how I had all “the bad kids.” I don’t see them that way, but their attitudes really need to be corrected. Well, I set off on an adventure to make them come up with an idea for the door…. it was like pulling teeth, but finally we got one. I told them that I wanted to use newspaper for the background. They seemed to have no problem…

The next day… I pulled out the newspaper and it was time for work to begin. Much to my surprise, I met resistance. My students did not want to use newspaper. Absolutely nothing was accomplished for two days while I heard moaning, groaning, and everything in between about how much they hated the door. One student was like, “our door is the worst one” and another, “that door is ghetto.” “Why we can’t get butcher paper?”… that was the complaint I heard non-stop. I explained to them that I thought it would be unique because everyone else is using red and black butcher paper.

I went home yesterday and just was so frustrated and confused. It was really bothering me that they HATED the idea of newspaper. I ended up doing the entire door by myself after school. I happen to like it. I think it is unique, creative and resourceful…. not to toot my own horn or anything…. :P  But I’ve gotten such mixed reviews as students and faculty walk by… today a teacher stopped by and said “oohhh that is soo cute. Great idea!” Then, one of my advisement students overheard her, and said, “She is just being nice…I’m so disappointed with it.” I thought WOW….

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder…

One Response

  1. Kris

    I love the door, Marsha! I don’t envy everything you are going through, but I will be praying for you more…the more you share, the more I understand how stressful this must be for you. You are doing a great job!!! I am so sorry we didn’t get to see you last week and look forward to some time together at Thanksgiving.

    Blessings, hugs and love,

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