Friday, July 31, 2015

Unfortunately. . . Fortunately

So this week had some definite downsides.  I try not to dwell on the negative so I'm going to play a little game called "Unfortunately, Fortunately".  I first heard of this game as a character education game for class meetings.  One kid says "Unfortunately, ___________" with a really bad but realistic scenario.  Someone else has to think of a statement that goes, "Fortunately, ________" with a positive spin on the situation.

For example, the first kid might say "Unfortunately, I left my homework on the kitchen table.".  The second kid might respond, "Fortunately, you did the homework and did really well on the test!"

There is even a kid's book to go with this idea (although it flips it but having the fortunately part first).  This is an affliate link.  So, if you are wanting to do some Amazon shopping, click on it and then I will get a percentage of your purchase. 

Just so you can see how great the book is, here it is on Youtube (I am not the one reading it).

I am going to use this format for my "Five for Friday" linky party with Doodle Bugs Teaching.  

Unfortunately, my husband had a digestive infection.  He was put on antibiotics which upset his stomach.
Fortunately, it is able to be cured by antibiotics.

Here she is, isn't she sweet?
Unfortunately, my 14 year old kitty has a degenerative kidney disease.
Fortunately, with a change in diet, she should have several great years.

Unfortunately, my daughter spent time away from us so I could take care of the husband and he could get better.
Fortunately, my parents were able to take care of her.  Fortunately, I was able to write up LOOOONG posts about my ILA conference.  You can read them here and here and  here and here.  Yes, that's 4 posts.  Yes, they are long.  If you would prefer, you can see them all here

Here are other people's crafts that are similar to what we made:  hat, elephant, lotus flower, lantern
Unfortunately, I didn't get to help as much as I planned at VBS.
Fortunately, there were other volunteers to take over.  I had finished prepping the craft supplies.

Unfortunately, I have all this guilt.  Guilt that my husband is sick and I didn't believe him at first.  Guilt that my daughter isn't home with me right now.  Guilt that my kitty is sick and I didn't take her to the doctor a month ago.  Guilt that I bowed out of my volunteer duties at church.  The list goes on and on.
Fortunately, all the guilt stems from people/ things I care about.  I am lucky to have so much in life!


  1. Aww...the "what if" game never ends well. You're right, you are fortunate to have so many people you care about!

    1. What if. . . I could stop playing the what if game?

  2. I love the Fotunately/Unfortunately. I have two others that follow that formate... though for the life of me I can't think of either title here at home. The kids love them. Thanks for sharing the audio of it. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

    1. Please come back and share if you remember them later! It's such a great writing format for kids.

  3. I love the positive spin on everything! It's so important to remember that you have so much and are lucky even though sometimes bad things happen. Hope next week is better!

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