Emergency Critical Situation!

Today was one of the Emergency Critical Situation we had at school, only this time is caused by flood that happens in Jakarta and surrounding areas. Many of the students could not come to school and some who managed to come will have to go home early as well as some of my colleagues.

It’s been raining all day long for several days now, but that is not the worst. Tonight, it was confirmed the news said there will be the biggest flood coming down to Jakarta as Bogor floodgate will be opened as it cannot hold the water debit anymore (something like that).

A quite chaos and confusion at school…. Some teachers needed to go home other wise they couldn’t go home. As the result, I had to cover some classes.

Planning with watching a movie to make the day easier πŸ˜› we had an interesting discussion with the 3 graders about flood instead. As they were asking why they were putting together, where are the teachers? Discussion went from flood to weather changes, went to atmosphere and what we have done that impacted the environment. It was became a nice discussion with big group. πŸ™‚

Back to school issue with flood…. Tomorrow school is closed!

In my quiet room, I remember this poem I knew from one of my workshop -can’t remember which one- It really inspired me and always want to spread the spirit.

Here it is…….

STARFISH POEM (adapted from an essay The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley)

One day an old man was walking down the beach just before dawn.Β  In the distance he saw a young man picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.Β  As the old man approached the young man, he asked, “Why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?”Β  The young man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun.Β  The old man exclaimed, “But there must be thousands of starfish.Β  How can your efforts make any difference?”Β  The young man looked down at the starfish in his hand and as he threw it to safety in the sea, he said,” It makes a difference to this one!”

At times in our lives, we are all the old man, the young man, or the starfish.Β  Sometimes, as the old man, we don’t see the purpose to actions.Β  Sometimes, as the young man, we persevere and make a difference.Β  And sometimes, we are the starfish who just need a little help.

No matter how small the good thing you do to make a better changing…. It matters. Don’t STOP! πŸ™‚

Salam

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V.A.L.E.N.T.I.N.E….

Valentine…
Exactly what is it? When I asked my kids in the classroom, they all shouted “it’s about giving chocolate to our friends Ibu Riri..!”
Why you have to give chocolate?
“Because it’s chocolate’s day!”
I smiled. Well, can’t blame of the conclusion they’ve made as that what it seemed.
However, I will agree to it, too. 😍 agree to the fact that chocolate is sweet, means that we share the sweetness to others. And that the day reminds us the thought of giving, thinking of others-

Below is one of my favorites:

THE STARFISH POEM

Once upon a time there was a wise man

who used to go to the ocean

to do his writing.

He had a habit of walking

on the beach

before he began his work.

One day he was walking along

the shore.

As he looked down the beach,

he saw a human

figure moving like a dancer.

He smiled to himself to think

of someone who would

dance to the day.

So he began to walk faster

to catch up.

As he got closer, he saw

that it was a young man

and the young man wasn’t dancing,

but instead he was reaching

down to the shore,

picking up something

and very gently throwing it

into the ocean.

As he got closer he called out,

“Good morning! What are you doing?”

The young man paused,

looked up and replied,

“Throwing starfish in the ocean.”

“I guess I should have asked,

why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?”

“The sun is up and the tide is going out.

And if I don’t throw them in they’ll die.”

“But, young man, don’t you realize that

there are miles and miles of beach

and starfish all along it.

You can’t possibly make a difference!”

The young man listened politely.

Then bent down, picked up another starfish

and threw it into the sea,

past the breaking waves and said-

“It made a difference for that one.”

no matter how small step we’ve made, it counts!

Aku CINTA Indonesia…yang kini telah berubah warna, berubah aroma, berubah murka! Karena plastik dari makanan kita, gas buangan dari mobil-mobil kita, sampah yang mengambang di sungai dan lautan….
Sehingga cacing mengadu pada daratan. Sehingga para alga mengeluh pada lautan.. Dan burung-burung berbondong menukas bayu…

Mari sayangi bumi…cintai Ibu Pertiwi..!
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