“I’m ready for the Rodeo and Valentine’s Day, San Antonio!”
Hi, everybody! I hope that you are having a fabulous month of February, just like the other Arc Participants and me. February is one of my favorite months to be at The Arc. We have so many things to be happy about and to celebrate. I especially have a very special date to celebrate. February is the anniversary month of the first day that I started attending The Arc of San Antonio eleven years ago, in 2006.
On Friday, January 27th, some of the other Arc Participants and I made Chinese lanterns and Chinese drums arts and crafts to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year of 2017 (which started on Saturday, January 28th.) With the help of an Arc Staff Member named Dahenna S., I made a rooster good luck charm.
The year of 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. We learned that the Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a twelve-year pattern with each year named after an animal. The story that explains this is that the Jade Emperor invited all the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only twelve animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
People who are born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be courageous, talkative, and confident. They also have a reputation for being flashy dressers and low on energy in the evening, mirroring their animal counterparts. The recommended occupations for roosters are things that rely on impressing people: TV personalities, salespersons, and athletes. As San Antonio residents, before start of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
I learned that I was born in The Year of the Pig. Unlike in our culture, pigs are thought to be diligent, compassionate, and generous. In the western culture, it’s believed that pigs have great concentration; once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. The other Participants and I had a great time celebrating The Year of the Rooster.
One of the most responsibilities of my classroom, “The Arc’s Press Club” is to read to the other Participants. So, I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, “A Charlie Brown Valentine” by Charles M. Schulz, “Olivia and the Perfect Valentine” by Natalie Shaw, “Bubba the Cowboy Prince by Hellen Kellerman and “Cindy Ellen: A Wild Western Cinderella” by Susan Lowell to my fellow Arc Participants.
On Monday, February 6th, The Arc Staff Members, the other Arc Participants and I wore our favorite NFL jerseys. I was so proud of my home state team: The Carolina Panthers for making it to the Super Bowl last year that I wore my “I bleed black, blue, and silver! Go Carolina!” T-shirt.
On Monday, February 13th, some of the other Arc Participants and I wore our western clothing to celebrate the start of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and The Arc’s “Rootin’ Tootin’ Western Wear Day.”
On Tuesday, February 14th, we had our annual Valentine’s Day Dance where some of the Participants wore red and pink clothing. I wore my Valentine’s Day red rose shaped necklace and my purple colored heart shaped antennas that bopped around when I move my head. Also, some of the other Arc Participants and I made Valentine’s Day inspired arts and crafts such as, Heart shaped Rice Krispies Treats and Valentine’s Day “Valentine’s Day Monster Card Muncher Boxes arts and crafts. We had a fabulous time dancing and celebrating Valentine’s Day with our friends.
I want to give special acknowledgement to Arc Staff Member, Tiffany V. (A Life Enrichment Instructor) for making such wonderful and beautiful sashes for the King and Queen of Hearts Participants. To the V.I.P. and Press Club Participants Dahenna H., (A Life Enrichment Instructor) and who helped to decorate The Arc’s Gym and the crowns for the King and Queen of Hearts Participants. Also, to Ms. Brooke K., (Director of CSCM and Community Education) Veronica V., (A Life Enrichment Instructor) Mr. Brian L. (The Arc’s Assistant Director of Day Services at the West Avenue Location) for helping with getting decoration supplies and helping to ensure that the dance was a fun success. It warmed my heart with such happiness when my friends were crowned.
So, that was my fabulous month of February events at The Arc. I had such a great time celebrating with The Arc Staff Members and my friends. I hope that you had a fantastic February and lovely Valentine’s Day like I had.
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