I have a Friday finish. Grand baby number two will be here soon. The Mama saw the doctor yesterday and she is moving along. Both Mama and Papa have been working from home and taking lots of precautions so they can be together in the delivery room and big brother will come and stay with gramma and grampa. Thank goodness for FaceTime so their little family can be together/apart.
Like Mary I am having a hard time showing up to write these days. I think posts in my head but by the evening, when I usually write, I am worn out. Moving our school online and working from home has been full of new things to learn. This week I spent a lot of time on video calls, trying to encourage and reassure my staff. When you are in front of kids, you get immediate feedback. Teaching online, even with live class times each week, means you need to check in differently. But I am so proud of them and grateful for the way they have stepped into this new way of teaching and loving their students.
It is a strange way to head into retirement. I’m not unhappy that there won’t be one of those gatherings where the retiree sits in a chair at the front of the room and everyone talks about you. And I have also had a lot of time to think about how I want life to look after June 30 and that has been a gift. One friend said, let’s call this practice.
This happened yesterday. What could be better than a small person, on a sunny afternoon, dipping his toes into the dirt. All the memories of our girls, digging in the dirt, making forts and kitchens, using their imaginations and staying engaged for hours. It is so much fun (much needed fun) to watch him play in the same place that his mama and her sister played so many years ago. Yup, this was a much needed bit of joy.
I am grateful for the daily bits of joy I get from reading blogs. Here are a few links to places that might speak into your day:
As I was weeding today I found this sweet daffodil. I don’t remember seeing this particular color in the past. That spot of peach on the white background is wonderful.
We have had some beautiful weather this week and today I spent a few hours getting reacquainted with my backyard garden. Now that we know we won’t be returning to onsite schooling until fall, I have found my mind shifting a bit. I think I can be at my home office early and take some time during the day to do some garden tending. I’ve been revisiting the idea of a victory garden, wondering what will feed our bodies and bring #dailyjoybits into our lives. On my list so far are cucumbers, squash, beans, sunflowers, and snapdragons. And the local garden store has order ahead and curbside pick-up so that will be happening soon. Still have a few weeks of very cold overnight temps before planting can begin but I have a notebook ready to hold my plans.
I almost didn’t read this book. A friend said it would be her next read and asked if I wanted to read along with her. I checked some of the reviews and they were not stellar. But this is a good book buddy so I ordered a copy and jumped in. And it is a good story. These sentences caught my attention on the first pages:
“if discontent is your disease, travel is medicine. It resensitizes. It opens you up to see outside the patterns you follow. Because new places require new learning. It forces your childlike self back into action. When you are a kid, everything is new. You notice because you need to.” Jedediah Jenkins, To Shake the Sleeping Self
This is part of the shift I have been chasing. Wake up. Pay attention. Notice because you need to.
I will probably finish this book today and then I will have my first square on my SAH book Bingo card. One down, 24 to go!
By the way, now is a great time to order a book from your favorite independent bookstore.