Saturday, March 05, 2011


I took a sabbatical from blogging on "Lost In Kids" from November, 2009 to June 2010. I needed some time to practice the piano and compose songs, do more Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Chi Gung, and take a break from writing a blog entry on a daily basis.

This is not another sabbatical. I am taking my leave of blogging and focusing my efforts on other endeavors. I will continue to teach for a few more years, but my experiences and cherished memories in the classroom with children of whatever age will be private and not shared on the Internet. My writing efforts on this blog site lasted five years, and it has been very rewarding for me personally.

I am aware that this "Lost In Kids" doesn't receive a lot "hits," but to those of you who were frequent or occasional readers, I want to thank you very much for taking the time to read my stories of childhood memories, classroom escapades, and my deliberations and feelings of foreboding, anxiety and revelling I have attempted to convey when I am around children.

I send you my thoughts and prayers in all matters, especially those involving kids.

Thank you very much for listening by reading.

"Be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from you heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4:9

"Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children." Proverbs 17:6

".........Jesus said, 'I praise you Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." Matthew 11:25

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?'

"He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea.' " Matthew 18: 1-6

How easy it is to forget we were once children and how hard it is to remain one.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Mr. Rich,
I have really enjoyed reading your blog and I'm sorry you've decided to stop writing. You were my chorus teacher in elementary school and I enjoyed participating in all the rehearsals and, ultimately, the performances. Although I had some really great teachers, particularly Mrs. Kuchar, Mrs. Dorsey, and Marnie Whittaker in "gifted", I had to suffer through a couple of absolutely terrible teachers who have no business even being around children (and who are still employed as teachers, unfortunately). So I particularly enjoyed reading your comments on "Waiting for Superman" in your Feb. 28th entry.

Anyway, although you were never my classroom teacher (I seemed to always be "off" a year--in fifth grade when you were teaching fourth, for example) I just wanted to let you know that I always admired you, and wished you had been my teacher.

I just graduated from UNM with a degree in Pure Mathematics and a minor in Astrophysics, and I'll be a graduate student this Fall. I'm thinking about becoming a math teacher, and I hope that someday I will inspire young minds, as you have.

Thanks again, Mr. Rich.