Thursday, April 22, 2010

what a difference

four of my students got their heads shaved on tuesday
in honour of family members fighting cancer.

one of my girls had her ponytail cut off
to help make a wig for a girl who has lost her hair due to her treatments.

kids are so brave.
so really truly deeply brave.

do you remember how important it was to you
in grade six to not,
absolutely not
look weird or different.

i guess these kids didn't read that part of the book!!!

i skipped that part also!!!

a self-portrait of the fifty three year old steven in the morning sun.


a self-portrait of the fifty three year old steven in the evening sun.

26 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Wow. My comment yesterday must have been prescient, as if I Knew something about your image was afoot.

Kathleen said...

You are a handsome man, my friend, and one with a heart as big as your country! Oh, yes, I very much remember 6th grade and the ache to fit in. What lucky students to have you shepherd them through the year!

Delwyn said...

I love it Steven

It is very zen and suits you, body mind and soul...


Happy days

ellen abbott said...

Oh steven, you made me laugh.

steven said...

actually elisabeth it was ahead!! steven

steven said...

kathleen, it's quite a crew - thirty students this year and everyone of them a character i tell no lie!!! but when it comes down to things like this - there's no fear, no stopping them, and i'll take that any day if these are the people to grab the reins of the world!!! have a sweet day. steven

steven said...

delwyn, my own kids at home called me "eggman". it sends them into mock horror whenever they round a corner and there i am!!! but i know that they get what i'm doing so that's alright. they can have their fun. have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

ahhh ellen, me too!!! steven

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

From all of us who have been menaced by cancer, thank you steven.

steven said...

bonnie i'll pass on your kind words to my class!! thanks so much. steven

ALeks said...

COOL....:O)

Jenny Stevning said...

I love it! Both are great photos. In the latter you look tough...in a good way...ready to kick cancer's ass!!! :)

willow said...

Uh-oh. You KNOW I have a thing for the Yul Brynner look. Wow, you look handsome!

Wonderful way to support your kids.

Dan Gurney said...

steven roshi.

nollyposh said...

and (((Hugs))) to you and your brave students from a 47yr old once touched by cancer and now sitting in the moonlight (Ps) A smooth head suits you X;-)

thisamericantourist said...

When my aunt was dying of ovarian cancer, two of my uncles and I shaved our heads in her honor. I didn't think it would mean as much as it did - it's just hair, after all - but she was really touched by the gesture. I hope it means as much to you and your students as it did to us.

The Bug said...

I think you look like the wise guru you are!

Linda Sue said...

Lucky for you you have got the handsome factor down pretty well. A bit premature weatherwise for the nothing on top practicalities but a most worthy cause, very cool... you can wear a hat until summer comes...

Gerry Boyd said...

Compared to Love, hair is highly overrated.

Helen said...

My heros! All of you!

Meri said...

I prefer Zen Master to eggman, but your students clearly know you're a good egg.

Titus said...

Thank you steven; I expect there are very few of us who have not had cancer affect either our lives or those of our loved ones. I've lost one sister-in-law far too young and it's lovely to see money, and awareness, raised. Even by a shiny head!

alaine@éclectique said...

You look lovely either way! And all for a great cause!

hope said...

Nothing better than leading by example...and to a kid their age, that's QUITE the example. One they'll remember for the rest of their lives.

Egghead, huh? Looks more like Noble and Kind. :)

Joanna said...

Those kids are so courageous--and you I'm sure are an inspiration to them. Or is it the other way around? It goes both ways, of course.
PS: I love your new header Steven.
Joanna

steven said...

thankyou to everyone for their generous and thoughtful comments. i'm unable to answer them all at the present time. i'm a bot overwhelmed at the moment as a teacher candidate (student teacher) at my school was critically injured while driving home. i'm finding it hard to take good care of even the simplest things. i'm sure you'll understand and i'll be back at this as soon as i regain my equilibrium. steven