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Happy Friday!   Today is Friendly Fill-Ins Blog Hop co-hosted by 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs.   What fun this is every week – you should join us – just click the badge above and go to 15andMeowing and fill out the LINKY FORM -that’s all that is to it.    Well of course you have to fill in the blanks in the sentences but YOU can do THAT!

This week I let Mom fill-in the blanks because the sentences seemed more “MOM THE HUMAN” than “TEDDY THE CAT”  type sentences.    Mom’s words are in DARK BLUE.

1. The best teacher I ever had was Miss Lamb – she was my first grade teacher and she gave all of us in her class a wonderful “start” with school.  She was pretty, soft spoken, talented, and fun.   I’ve NEVER forgotten her.  
2. The worst teacher I ever had was my French Teacher when I was a Freshman in High School – he was very impatient, insulting, and gave us ridiculous homework assignments.
3. I recently learned how to ride a recumbent bike – it’s so much easier on my back and legs and all my other PARTS than riding an actual bike.
4. I think everyone should know how to cook – I personally love to cook but I know people who hate to and I wonder what will happen to them if their significant others decide to stop cooking for them OR if all fast food restaurants suddenly CLOSE UP FOR GOOD!!!
OK Mom – good job!    I will say that I’m sure you’ve been glad in later years that you didn’t give up on learning French because when you and Dad were in Paris on your honeymoon as well as the second time you went there in later years, you REMEMBERED enough French to get you where you wanted to go and do the things you wanted to do!    YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN SOMETHING YOU LEARNED WILL COME IN HANDY!
Now if you don’t mind, I think I’ll go stand by the front door until either YOU or Dad puts my harness on and takes me out for a walk.   Pretty please??????

I’m a READY Teddy!

Happy Friday……..

 

 

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      • Got to thinking about that. If a Teacher had several majors…even a significant minor, the school board tells him what he will be teaching and to what grade level (in his certification area). Wherever they are needed. It’s awful if you don’t like it enough to be made to teach it if that was the problem. Very interesting. You wish you could go back in time and ask what’s the problem. 🙂

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        • I know……..I agree. I can’t imagine “having” to teach something my heart wasn’t really INTO. I have a feeling this teacher was a very unhappy person and sadly that “invaded” his capacity to teach and be open with a group of kids who started out being interested in learning the language. None of us felt that way after his class and MOST of the kids in that class had to go to summer school because they did so poorly in his Freshman French class – including ME. It was sad………

          Hugs, Pam

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        • It is a bit odd and makes you wonder what they were thinking?! Sometimes the combination of not liking kids and being responsible for a whole classroom full of them turns into a VERY LARGE PROBLEM…sometimes it doesn’t…but it is hard to be HAPPY at your job, if you don’t like something about your job! Makes for some very grumpy teachers.

          Hugs, Teddy

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  1. Our French teacher was a petite french Audrey Hepburn lookalike. She may have been tiny, but boy did she have a temper! At least we learned well from her.
    My worst teacher was Miss Tombé. She was a geography teacher who used to tell us what page to start reading from and then would sit with her eyes shut conducting an imaginary orchestra.

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    • Oh my – you had a couple of doozies for teachers too! Funny that some teachers seem to HATE what they’re teaching……sadly they would make their students just as MISERABLE as they were!!!

      Hugs, Pam

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  2. Aw, tell your Mommy that my Mommy also loved her first grade teacher! AND she took one year of French, too. (But she doesn’t remember much, so she’d better not go to Paris!) Motor Mommy has started cooking more than she used to. Unbelievably, I think she enjoys cleaning up the kitchen and washing dishes AFTERWARD more than she likes cooking!
    Love, Sundae

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    • My Mom persisted with French and took it again her Sophomore year even though the Freshman year was so awful. She learned a lot that second year and was in a different school then, but always wondered whether that Freshman teacher continued being the disinterested and unpleasant guy that he was – probably! Your Motor Mom does cook and CAN cook but we know she and your Motor Man enjoy being out and about and seeing all their friends in the community too. My Mom loves cleaning up after cooking too….Moms are funny sometimes aren’t they Sundae…..

      Hugs, Teddy

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  3. My favorite teacher/subject was my World History teacher in 9th grade. She lectured luring the class period and of course used the blackboard. I found that my interest was piqued,and I thrived on learning World History. It started a lifelong love of History. I loved the lecture style too; I still do. She was very direct and business-like. The midterms and finals were brutal but..I loved it. Of all things, I recall she drove a Volkswagen.

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    • My husband has said this SAME THING about his history teacher and like you, has always had a huge interest in history as a result of “falling in love” with the subject in school. Enthusiasm is – after all – contagious!!

      Hugs, Pam

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  4. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, I always enjoy your answers I think it is great that you have been riding a recumbent bike. I have never tried one, but good to know it is easier on the body. I agree about learning to cook. My mom has that problem right now, although she knew how to cook, but was spoiled for all those years of Jerry cooking and got lazy. Have a nice weekend! XO

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    • Recumbent bikes are super. I always had problems with my back on a real bike but I can relax and lean against the back of the bike in a much more comfy position on the recumbent. I’m sure it’s hard to “re-learn” how to cook after not doing it for a while…thankfully there are crockpots which make the transition EASIER!! HAPPY WEEKEND!

      Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

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  5. Teddy, your mom’s answers are purrfect! Miss Lamb sounds like she was lovely, right down to her name. And I had the exact same answer for #4. I am by no means a master in the kitchen, but I still love to cook, and I love trying to find new things to cook. I never understand how certain people can stand depending on a loved one or a restaurant to make all of their meals for them. Even knowing just the basics is pretty darn handy. Wishing you all a fabulous Friday!

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    • Mom remembered today that Miss Lamb always wore the SOFTEST sweaters too – maybe they were lambswool???? We saw your #4 answer on your fill-ins….so we’re glad we aren’t the only ones who think people shouldn’t be LOST in the kitchen! Have a fabulous long weekend…………:)

      Love, Teddy (and Mom too)

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  6. I too love cooking…and I try to find at least 1 new recipe every few weeks. Sometimes they are excellent and sometimes not. But my sweet hubby is game for trying any and all things I put on the table. In our 48 years he always tells me how much he enjoyed a meal when he finishes eating no matter what we have had.
    Great incentive to cook.
    I think your French teacher might have taught me Algebra.LOL
    Hugs Cecilia

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    • HA! I had a doozy of an Algebra teacher too…..she could barely speak English so it was a MAJOR challenge understanding her much less understanding Algebra! Your hubby is a keeper for sure – it makes us ENJOY cooking all that much more when those we cook for compliment our efforts!!!! Lucky us!

      Love, Pam

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  7. Miss Lamb? Miss LAMB!!!! OMG!!!!
    My first grade teacher was an elderly, highly esteemed teacher but we did not like her because she was extremely strict. Her partner teacher who was with us in the afternoons, in contrast, was beloved by everybody. She organised lots of activities for us – cinema visits, puppet theatre (not visits but we played in these pieces!), lots of short theatrical pieces,… My girlfriend met her some years later and she was shocked to hear that this fabulous woman did not like to be a “secondary teacher”, practically a kindergarten teacher for 6-7 years old children and was very sad that she was not allowed to teach. She always checked the homework of all pupils (about 30 children!) but I cannot recall any minute we were bored because we should have been waiting for her. I can remember lots of interesting and vivid moments with her.

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    • I think we carry memories of some of our teachers (good or bad) with us all our lives and I wonder if they realize just what a HUGE FOREVER impact they have on us and our little formative minds in our early years!!! Yes – Miss Lamb was a beautiful lady and so kind. I can remember her reading books and stories to us and we’d sit on the floor around her and she looked like an angel. Gosh that was SOOOOO many years ago for me!!! Funny I remember her the most of all my teachers.

      Hugs, Pam

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  8. You are right, knowing how to cook can be very important. When I was living by myself, I called my Granny for Short to ask her how to make biscuits. She said, “David, you don’t mean to tell me you don’t know how to make biscuits. What would your daddy say?” I replied, “He probably would say he never taught me how to make biscuits.” She went on to tell me how to do it. I experimented and got to where I liked them pretty well.

    Then, I wanted to fry some green tomatoes. I called up Granny. I said, “Granny, do you use corn meal or flour to bread green tomatoes for frying?” She said, “Bird, you don’t mean to tell me you don’t know how to fry green tomatoes. What would your Grandma (Granny For Short) say?” I told her, “She would probably say what you just said.”

    I got my green tomatoes fried. I can cook the basics, make corn bread, bake a cake from scratch, make biscuits, scramble an egg, make grits, etc. If it gets too complicated, I am lost. Suzanne is a great cook. We are working on the second video for the cooking channel now.

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    • The first thing I can remember calling my Mom to ask her how to make (I’d just gotten my first apartment!) was BAKED POTATO. I had no idea how to bake one. We had a right good laugh about that in later years. I knew NOTHING about cooking but wound up experimenting and realizing that cooking was GREAT fun.

      Hugs, Pam

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  9. I think that your first grade teacher had the sweetest name. 🙂 I am glad that she was a loving teacher. I think it is very important for children to have a happy start to school, not a scary one.

    I think it is cool that you love to cook. So do I. 🙂 I used to experiment a lot in the kitchen when David and I first got married. Thank goodness, he survived those days! Once the kids came along, I didn’t experiment much because they were so picky and preferred robot food. Now, I am free to experiment again and look forward to it. What is your favorite thing to cook?

    Have a blessed weekend!

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    • I actually like making an “old fashioned” dinner from time to time……beef roast, Yorkshire pudding, roasted vegetables, etc. But I also enjoy making all kinds of fried rice dishes because you can add so many interesting ingredients and still have a wonderful meal. I’m lucky in that my husband loves ALL food – not picky at all – nor am I – so we have a wide range of things that we love!

      Hugs, Pam

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  10. My first teacher was Fraeulein Frantzen. At that time, all women teachers were still called “Fraeulein”, even married ones. I remember her for two reasons:
    She was so wonderfully dedicated. She hand-wrote and hand-illustrated [no printers and/or copiers at that time!!!] a reader [of about 20 pages] for each and every student of hers. I don’t recall how many we were, but I guess around 25.
    She was so considerate: I couldn’t [and I still can’t] sing for a penny’s worth. If I do, I can rent myself out as a fire siren. Anyway: for our grades in “singing” we – what else – had to sing, on our own, without any accompaniment, and in front of the class. Well, with me, she kept me for a few minutes after school, so the othe students would not laugh about my efforts and I wouldn’t be embarrassed.

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  11. The worst teacher my human had was also her French teacher! Actually, she was GREAT at teaching French, but she meddled in the personal lives of the students (including their teenage romantic lives)… and actively disliked my human because she was not a “good” girl – and was still smart! As good as instructing French as she was, she should never have been allowed to teach.

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  12. Isn’t it sad that we all had at least one bad teacher. One has to wonder why these people decided to become teachers. It is interesting that everyone has a different idea of what it is important to know. Teddy, your front porch looks very inviting. Hugs, Janet and XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

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    • It turned out to be a super duper fill-in…..learning what made the worst teachers and the best teachers was really interesting. Teachers have such a HUGE impact on the kids in their classrooms – for the rest of their lives!

      Love, Teddy

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  13. You DO look ready, Teddy, AND very stylish and handsome in your harness. Tell your Mom that our Mom was a French and Math teacher, and she would never have dreamed of acting like her French teacher.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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    • My Mom says she NEVER had another teacher like her French teacher for the rest of her high school years….hopefully he retired and didn’t ruin other kids’ love of languages! I’m sure your Mom was a fabulous teacher. Fortunately there are teachers who really LOVE what they do and that love passes on to their students who will always remember those great teachers and the impact they had on their lives.

      Hugs, Teddy

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  14. Excellent fill-ins! Funny, my worst teacher was my first year high school French Teacher – who was very impatient, insulting, and gave us ridiculous homework assignments!
    Love Barb

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  15. My fourth grade teacher (who two of my sisters also had to suffer through) had no business being a teacher since I believe she thought the purpose of her job was to find as many things as she could that her students did wrong and make sure they were punished for them. That and making a bunch of nine year olds memorize long poems or speeches like the Gettysburg Address and then making us recall them word for word in front of the class. She was the evil witch of a teacher personified!

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    • I never did QUITE understand the need to memorize long (and boring) things. Like that comes in handy in adulthood? NOT. I bet your fourth grade teacher got a big charge out of watching everyone SQUIRM when they were reciting whatever they’d been forced to memorize. You have to wonder about those people – maybe they should have been prison guards instead of teachers????? 🙂

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