Tuesday’s Tune: Anticipation

After two days of meetings this week on Monday and Tuesday, full of reminders, staff get-togethers, and new curriculum; I get a full day to work in my classroom today. O and I were there last Thursday and I was back Friday afternoon. I am excited.

The seventh graders read a book in ELA, The Giver by Lois Lowry. It’s a new classic dystopian novel for kids it was published in 1993 and it was made into a movie and released in August 2013; read the book, it’s better. Trust me. In the first chapter, Jonas a twelve year-old boy and the main character, describes his feelings about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve in December as he rides his bike home. At first, he describes his feelings as being frightened, but realizes the word doesn’t describe how he feels about the changes which lie ahead for him. When he reaches home, he realizes he isn’t frightened, but apprehensive.

I’ve been back and forth to school several times in the past week. My rides to and from school have had similar thoughts – making lists, thinking, worry, apprehension, fright (sort of), and I decided I am full of anticipation and even perhaps, like Jonas a little apprehension.

I remember a song from my youth about anticipation, Heinz used it in its ketchup commercials to highlight how thick its ketchup was – it was so think, it took a while to begin flowing out of the bottle. As a scientist, I know it’s because t’s a non-Newtonian fluid that exhibits characteristics of both a sold and a liquid.  But’s that’s another story.

Last year, I was a scientist, this year, I am a history teacher and I am full of anticipation, ready for the new year.

Rosie, painting the timeline for me! Thank you
Rosie, painting the timeline for me! Thank you

This week’s Tuesday’s Tune is on Wednesday – time ran out yesterday for a variety of reasons. The song is “Anticipation” written and recorded by Carly Simon and the song was used in that Heinz commercial, above. It was the ninth track on her Anticipation album released in 1975. I was beginning 8th grade that year. My how time flies.

We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway, yay
And I wonder if I’m really with you now
Or just chasin’ after some finer day

Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’

And I tell you how easy it feels to be with you
And how right your arms feel around me
But I, I rehearsed those lines just late last night
When I was thinkin’ about how right tonight might be

Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’

And tomorrow we might not be together
I’m no prophet and I don’t know nature’s ways
So I’ll try and see into your eyes right now
And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days

(These are the good old days)
And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are…..the good old days)

Today is gonna be a great day. It’s gonna be a great year. But, it begins with one day, after another, stringing them together in sequence. So, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day a time – like a timeline.

Doing anything new recently, or started over?

8 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Tune: Anticipation

  1. Learning to say No and not working all the time. Amazing how you feel when you can take time for yourself and do what makes you feel good. Just disturbing that cleaning my house and working on my home projects (refinishing end tables and night tables) makes me feel good, now! LOL! MUST be getting older 🙂

    1. Absolutely – it’s interesting how what gives us calm and pleasure now is what we avoided years ago! There is a certain excitement and energy that comes with youth. Have a great weekend and get your yah-yah’s out!

  2. I think I might still have that Carly Simon album. And I remember the commercial.

    Good luck with history this year. I’m sure your kiddos will enjoy your teaching method and the fun stuff you’re going to teach them.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. I don’t have the vinyl, but was reminded of the song in a comment on last week’s Tuesday’s Tune when I looked up Carole King on iTunes. I remembered the ketchup commercial – but not the particular one I connected to the post. The dad in that commercial was funny, I dated a girl (and a family) like that for a short while in high school. It’s all good! Today was a great day – I got lots done, but there is always more to do! Have a great week and wonderful weekend.

  3. My son read ‘The Giver’ and liked it. Though I didn’t read it, we saw the movie together. I actually liked the movie (which I hadn’t expected to), so I suspect I’d really enjoy the book too.

    Good luck with the return to school. Hope you have a great year!

    1. Thank you. The Giver is wonderful book and it’s the first real book kids get to read that’s sort of messy with issues that push the envelope for YA readers. I gave the books, there are four, to my step-mom in 2013 for Christmas and she loved them – we talked about them when I’d call to check in. it;’s going to be a great year. Thank you!

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