Sean and Carly were here for three weeks and left today. We had such a good time with them. Didn’t do much…Carly was studying and Sean was tutoring online. Still it was so good to have them around. Sean did play some golf, we all went out to dinner, Sean cleaned our gutters (Jerry is so done with walking around on the roof), they went to yoga and today they got up at 5:15 to go on turtle patrol with me. We were out on the beach around 6:00 and it was DARK. We walked the “zone” and then worked our way back, identifying and staking eight nests, finding eggs, recording all the data in the books, measuring….turtle patrol is not for the faint of heart.
I was sad to see them go. We’ll see them again in Novmeber when we head out to Los Angeles to visit but that’s a long time away. Why can’t everyone I love live no further than two hours away???
A crazy thing happened this week. If you’re on Facebook, you may have seen a piece of it. I saw a posting on Facebook about a primary school in the UK that had sent a letter home with kids’ test scores saying no matter what the scores said, they needed to know that these scores don’t tell anyone the WHOLE story of who these kids are and what they can do.The letter went viral….tweeted all over the UK, Australia and New Zealand…hit lots of newspapers everywhere too….even made it across the pond to the Today show. Most people loved it…said it was beautiful and that Rachel Tomlinson,who sent the letter, was an amazing woman. There were also plenty of people weighing in on the other side…that sentimental garbage such as this is the reason our kids don’t do well in school and get poor test scores.
The thing is, Rachel didn’t write it. I did– back in 1999. I got in touch with Rachel who had already told the press and media it wasn’t her letter…she had gotten it from a blog…She thought she got it from someone named Kmberly Hurd but she wasn’t sure. Kimberly Hurd heard about it and declared herself the source of “the letter” and graciously told the press that the message is more important than the author (she’s right) so she doesn’t mind that Rachel used it without permission. Erin messaged Kimberly to tell her that her mom wrote the letter, but Kimberly wouldn’t back down…said she knows what she wrote and she wrote it (in 2013) Erin sent her the 1999 letter and she said it was very nice but it wasn’t the same as hers.
I’m annoyed with Kimberly Hurd but I’m absolutely thrilled that it’s still being used (and absolutely disgusted that it is still needed) It’s been fun this week…to know that something I wrote has meant so much to so many people, even if they don’t know I wrote it. Nice to know I wrote an international best seller, even if no one else knows it.
Anyway, it’s been interesting to see the story evolve. I think it’s over…There is bigger news this week than a letter written to kids telling them that there are many ways of being smart and a test score isn’t everything.
What it taught me is that we all need to be careful when we send things out because someone will always know if we claim things are ours and they’re not. (Note to self…watch it, Mary…with your failing memory you could easily do this) I try to be careful. I had a friend who once told me it was ridiculous how many sentences I began, “I read somewhere that…”
Quieter week ahead (I think) My sister, Eileen, arrives tomorrow (need to get the guest room ready and do a quick grocery run) We’ll probably do NOTHING for a week…sounds good to me.