In a Good Place

It’s been a rough week. Hard Conversation. Colonoscopy.

It’s been a lovely week. Gentle and tender conversations and remembering together. Good health and wellbeing.

In a bad place? In a good place? In the end, the Hard Conversation yielded a slightly open window in a painful space, and the colonoscopy yielded nothing, a very good nothing.

Tomorrow, I’ll visit a beloved, then later summer beloveds will visit me. Two years ago, even one year ago, visiting was a worrisome proposition.

Yeah. I’m in a good, good place.

Gratitude List:

  • My canine colleague. Today, when I was tending to a dysregulated student who was crying in the hallway when my canine colleague and his person came along. Just what she needed. I went into the room and brought her a treat to give him. He sat, shook her hand, and then sat up in begging posture. She went away bright-eyed. I love my school.
  • Five minutes into first period this morning, someone announced that the sky on the field side of the building was full of geese. Everyone stopped class, the rooms on the field side of the school opened up, and the rest of us went across the hall to watch and marvel. I love my school.
  • Last week, one of my colleagues sent around an invitation to join a live Zoom today from McMurdo Station on Antarctica. We were encouraged to sign up even if we aren’t science classes, so my Creative Writing and Journalism class joined in. The presenter is an artist who photographs microscopic animals like tardigrades, nematodes, and rotifers. There are such wonders in the world. Also, I love my school.

Glory, glory! Beauty all around!

“Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.” —Rumi
“You got to take care of people smaller and sweeter than you are.” —Hushpuppy’s teacher, Beasts of the Southern Wild
“Language creates reality. Words have magical power. Speak always to create joy.” —Deepak Chopra
“I had given up my seat before, but this day, I was especially tired. Tired from my work as a seamstress, and tired from the ache in my heart.” —Rosa Parks
“I believe there is only one race – the human race.” —Rosa Parks
“Without vision, people perish, and without courage and inspiration dreams die.” —Rosa Parks
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” —Rosa Parks

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