Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thankful Thursday: 10/31/13

[Thankful Thursday is a weekly segment that began 1/10/13 - read why here.  I invite you to join me in practicing gratitude!]

Happy Halloween!  Halloween is not celebrated in Korea, and my co-teacher told me she doesn't understand why we celebrate a holiday with no real purpose/meaning.  Sure, it has a history, but the main purpose today is just to have fun or be scared.  I don't think we should stop celebrating it by any means, it was just difficult to answer my co-teacher's "but why?" question.  

Anyway, since the holiday isn't celebrated in Korea it didn't even cross my mind to buy candy or anything, even though I had a special Halloween class for the fourth graders that day.  When I walked into the school yard this morning, the first kids to see me said "Candy? Candy?" while holding out their hands.  Whoops.  Fail.  But my co-teacher was on top of it and bought some candy for our fourth graders!

Then later this afternoon while I was in the hall on my way back to the English room, a younger boy gave me this cookie:

It wasn't a student that I recognized, so I'm not sure what grade he's even in (3rd?), but I was so surprised (and delighted) that he gave me one of these pumpkin cookies!  Thank you, student, for sharing your Halloween treat with your English teacher!
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