2011/365/025: Swamped (But in a Good Way…)

Crazy day/night, but immersed in the things that matter most to me.

Opening Impressions:

1. The last of the mid-terms were administered today, and now the clock is ticking to post grades before tomorrow afternoon. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but we’ve got a strong “winter weather event” coming through the area tomorrow, and there’s no telling what that might mean for school delays and closings. The last thing I want to do is be stuck at school inputting grades at the last minute…

2. Today is my sister’s birthday, and we all miss her and her husband so much. They live in Florida, and we don’t get to see enough of each other. I have a feeling, though, that we’re going to find a way soon enough to reunite. It’s been too long.

3. I received such a heartfelt email from my brother tonight. I’m so glad that we continue to strengthen our relationship; I wish it were on a boat throwing lines in the water and not necessarily facing some hard and challenging times. I know those lighter days will come, though.

The Point:

These are hectic days, no doubt. It’s not hard, though, for me to pause, close my eyes, and remember my family and friends who surround me and bring me strength. They don’t necessarily do things on purpose to give me that strength. It’s just that they are who they are. I know they are there, and I appreciate that more than they can ever know.

Three Other Things That Made My Day:

1. It looks like, through some work these past few days with my colleague Corey, we’re revamping Maryland Voices (creative nonfiction pub for high school writers) in ways that are both necessary and exciting. More info very soon about this, as we could be offered opportunities to reach students and encourage writing and publishing like never before.

2. Even though my kids were fighting with each other (nothing big) all night, we were all still together, and every time that happens, I feel like we’re given new chances to strengthen our own familial relationships, talk about things that come up from earlier in the day, and grow a little closer.

3. Kevin McD, Kyle S, and several other guys at school that are always there, can take a jab or two, and know that it’s all good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am the luckiest teacher in the world to be surrounded by so many great people. To all of you, I tip my cap and say, Keep it up, and never change your good ways…

Journeying Words:

“Fear can’t hold a candle to unswerving faith, much less muster up the guts to even attempt to blow it out.” ~Unknown

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