Danny sent me this picture yesterday morning, and he said, in the text (yes, Danny texts...I know….crazy), he said, “You know what today is?”. The answer, every day is, today is another day. We’ve had that mantra almost daily for years. Well, mostly since 2011, when he survived.
A special hello to my students. We started spring break at 4:30 last Thursday. . I hope you’ve been able to feel like this week has been a break for you. I have loved all of the posts on the Padlet we pushed out. How heartwarming to see so many of you with pets! How wonderful to see so many of your faces. Your faces. I miss them all. I miss the smiles, the frowns, even the eye-rolls. I miss the laughter. I just miss you all so much.
I have decided to make my blogs shorter and more frequent. My main goal will be about sharing gratitude. Gratitude is a way for me to focus on positives, and it’s about living in the moment. It’s about now, not yesterday, not tomorrow. It’s part of our 7 mindset curriculum, but it’s been a huge part of my life for so long.
I have tons of gratitude right now. I have lots of thoughts, but I’m going to start simple. A kitten found us, somehow climbing a tree on our 20 acre property, which is surrounded by 20, 40, 100 acre properties. We have no idea where she came from. But she was in our tree, and she let us know she was there. We thought we’d keep her safe and find a home for her.
Well, we did. She is with us, and she has insinuated herself into all of our hearts. As I write this, she and our three year old cat are playing.
As we all hunker in, I hope we’re all taking care of ourselves. I hope we’re finding ways to connect to others. I hope we’re finding the inspiration of boredom. For me, boredom has always inspired my creativity. That can be cooking, day-dreaming, solving problems, or creating something you never thought you’d create.
For spring break, I’m actually considering going back to sketching. I had private lessons years ago to learn how to sketch the 19th century clothes I was envisioning for my characters in my novel.
But I also want to continue with my young adult novel I’m writing. I’d like my students to give me feedback.
But, I’m also just relaxing, soaking it in, planning creative meals. Planning for teaching. I’m also connecting with my family and friends, via texting and video conferencing.
Goals: write two blogs a week. Work on my young adult fiction novel. Be well in all ways.
Gratitude: our cats, Danny pushing me and comforting me, my students sharing themselves on the Padlet. Our community.