Monday, November 15, 2010
I never thought at this stage in my life (65) that I would be finding new, wonderful close friends, especially friends my DD's age. Instead I have been blessed by my DD's friends from law school. She finally found those people who will be your friends no matter how often you see them. She introduced them to us and last year, she and her housemates cooked Thanksgiving dinner for the house and all the parents that could get there. This year, the same cream minus one set of parents who can't make it, have been invited to Fakesgiving this Friday. The menu has been divided up, everyone now lives with 4 hours or closer, especially Andrew.
Andrew was the first friend DD made in law school. He is from Florida and just got a job in our town. He arrived today and is staying with us until he can find a place of his own. We don't care how long that takes. He is a dear and it is wonderful to have his energy in the house.
Thanksgiving is going to be a celebration of the joys of friendship, whenever it surprises you.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Our children both attended one of our state universities for law school and I earned my library certification at the same school. Somehow without meaning to, DH and I have become enthusiastic fans of the football team. In fact we manage our Sat. schedule by game time. Sad, but true. It's great when your team is winning and awful when they lose... which they did today. I need to remind myself it is just a game and I can still have a happy day. I need to remember we are going to see a comedy at the community playhouse tonight. I still wish they had won.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
When I retired from teaching at risk teenagers 2 1/2 years ago, I figured I has used up my allotment of being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. I loved teaching, I loved helping kids believe in themselves and sometimes i would be astonished to realize I also got paid to fulfill my heart's desire. I would tell every student that I hope at least at one time in their lives that they would have the chance they were giving me to do what I loved and thrived on. (I know some of you are wondering why I retired. New administration, school changed and I felt blocked at every turn ... and I had enough years to get the early retirement package.)
Shortly before I left teaching, I started attending yoga classes. It was the first physical activity I had ever really enjoyed; it was not competitive, it made me feel good and graceful. After retirement, I decided to train as a yoga instructor... mostly to improve my own practice. Now 2 years later I find myself back in that same place... of being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Today was a classic example. This AM I took a class from a truly gifted teacher, this afternoon, I taught a class of 8 year old girls and tonight I taught a class of six mentally challenged adult women. I am fulfilled. I am lucky, I am blessed.
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