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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, November 29, 2010

T is for Teacher


Once a teacher, always a teacher, unless like me you become a tutor after you retire. Today, I thought I'd tell you all a few totally interesting things about the letter T.

Things you may not know about T:
* T is the twentieth letter in the English alphabet and the sixteenth consonant
* T is pronounced the same as a drink - tea
* T is the second most commonly used letter in the English language
* T may have represented a cross in early alphabets
* T is one of the letters given to contestants in the game show Wheel of Fortune
* There are six T tiles in the English game of Scrabble

There are tons of tremendous T words in the English language. When my older daughter was a tot, she fell in love with Tigger, Winnie the Pooh's friend, and she still has her tiger-sized stuffed one to this day. Some of the greatest inventions of all time were the telegraph, telephone, and television. I remember that I taught my fourth graders all about tall tales, tremors, tenses, tactics for totalling numbers, the classroom taboos, the senses of touch and taste, all about spring flowers like my favourite tulip, and I liked to tease them about upcoming tests. When my mother was young, she would take the tram to town, whereas I could take a trans-Atlantic flight to trek around Thailand, Tibet, or Timbuktu!

To tantalize you further, take a trip over to this site to see other posts on this week's letter T.
And to terminate this post, here is a photo I took of my favourite flower, the tulip. This was the first bloom in my garden last Spring and I received compliments on this photo from a favourite photographer friend of mine - some of you may also know him as authorblog aka David McMahon. A positive comment from him is praise indeed! (click to enlarge for details)

26 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

That's the tastiest T tale to tumble toward this town 'til the tenth T tale triumphantly takes the trophy to Toronto.
Not that it made any sense, but it was fun.
Yours made sense, and it was fun, too. Thanks, Leslie!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Casdok said...

My son it was Thomas the Tank engine!

Sylvia K said...

Great, fun post for the T Day, Leslie, as always! Love your photo and congrats on the lovely comment from David! He's certainly made my day several times! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Nanka said...

A wonderful T post today!! Love Tigger and the well brewed cup of Tea!!

Have a great festive season ahead!!

Berowne said...

"T" for "tres interessant." :-)

Babooshka said...

I am Tigger most definitely. Think we are all tutors through blogging always learning from one another. Great post.

Mara said...

Great T and I just love that Tulip and no, I am not prejudiced because I have a tulip tattooed on my shoulder or because I'm Dutch. It's a fantastic photo!

EG Wow said...

T is for sure an important letter! Let's here it for the letter T! :))

Tumblewords: said...

Totally t's. Terrific post - and I have to say that tulip is truly tremendous!

Wanda said...

Great set of T's Teacher. You have really given us a good and interesting read.

Life with Kaishon said...

I really adore your photo of the tulip. How pretty. Stunning.

I love all of your good ideas for this post : ) I think it is because you are a teacher!

Gigi Ann said...

What a delightful T tale you told. I truly enjoyed it from the tantalizing first word to the tulip ending. Great post for T day today. Now I think I will go fix a cup of Tea.

Carver said...

Tigger was a favorite of my daughter too. Great post for the letter T.

Roger Owen Green said...

tea for two.
my wife is a teacher; teachers are fine people, aren't they?
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Amy said...

That's a ton of "t" facts Leslie - and quite tantalizing! I'll bet you're a fantastic teacher - tutoring is good too! I'll go check that link now - thanks!

photowannabe said...

Awesome post Leslie. I loved every word of it. You really found a lot of T's.
Its always a pleasure to come here and see what you are going to share with us.
I think I would love to have you for a teacher, except I'm much older than you...(:0)

Beverley Baird said...

Tremendous romp through T!
Loved your details about T.
And you're right once a teacher, always a teacher!
Take care.

Hildred and Charles said...

What a lot of fun T's, and appreciated the information about the letter, too. You make a good teacher, Teacher!

Hildred and Charles said...

What a lot of fun T's, and appreciated the information about the letter, too. You make a good teacher, Teacher!

Reader Wil said...

Very great T post, Leslie! Very clever to find so many T's in one post.I think that you are a great teacher.Thanks for this T post! Thanks for your visit and kind comment! Have a great day today, tomorrow and the rest of the week!

RuneE said...

I have been a teacher (of sorts) for a large part of my working life, but today you taught me something :-)

PS Praise from David is always "a good thing".

nancygrayce said...

Terrific t's!

jabblog said...

I'm also a Teacher Turned Tutor and was interested to learn of the importance of T in the English language. Lovely post :-)

Anonymous said...

Very nice indeed I’ll probably download it. Thanks

Snow Leopard said...

Quite an interesting T time post :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Very informative, Leslie. I agree - "Once a teacher..."