Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I had forgotten that the Dayton Philharmonic Brass Quintet was coming to perform at school today. So this morning was all art and music. The children painted the windows with winter scenes for art, then we had a concert. The music was delightful and it was a nice and relaxing morning for this tired teacher!
Monday, when we usually go hiking, was a total washout - flood warnings included - so we postponed our hike until today. In between, we had a historian come to the class to present a slide show to the children about the history of our nature preserves, which has a rich history indeed. It has morphed from farm land to a resort area, to a nature preserve over the past 100 years. In addition to getting to see photos of what the area looked like, dating back to the 1800's, the children were treated to an actual slide show. I don't think any of them had ever seen a slide projector before, LOL!
Today was a lovely day, cold with a light snow. By the time of our hike, the snow had disappeared, but there was that smell and feel of December in the air. We took to the trails in the nature preserve to seek out some of the historical locations and do some investigations. The hotel that was there in the early 1800s is long gone, but we looked for what would have been the old foundation and evidence of where it once stood.
In all, we hiked about 3 miles, and had a great time.
This was an interesting sight. It has absolutely nothing to with the old hotel; I have no idea why it was there, but it was fun to find.
If you have been following my blogs about our visits to the nature preserves, you can really see the transformation of the woods from the golden glow of early November to the harsher look of December. With the leaves down, it was easier to see the herds of deer.
I always love the river after a big rain when the water flows fast. It was really rushing today. Do any of you ever play 'Pooh Sticks," racing sticks over the waterfalls and down the river? It was a great day for "Pooh Sticks."
After I got home and had a chance to put my feet up, I got a call from my acupuncturist. I had forgotten I had an appointment. Funny, I had been wishing I had one because I am so far off kilter since losing my aunt. I had totally forgotten I had an appointment. My sweet acupuncturist let me be a half an hour late and have my appointment in spite of forgetting.
It would be great to be able to settle in and let everything get back into harmony, but I still have to attend the board meeting tonight.
7 more school days until a much needed vacation!
PS - I got in 14,800 steps today.
Monday, December 05, 2011
"Even more important than the warmth and affection we receive, is the warmth and affection we give. It is by giving warmth and affection, by having a genuine sense of concern for others, in other words through compassion, that we gain the conditions for genuine happiness. More important than being loved, therefore, is to love."
~ The Dalai Lama
Have you ever volunteered to spend time in a nursing home? A children's hospital? A food kitchen? A school? A disaster area?
These are places where you can really see this truth.
But giving love and compassion is also so important in our day to day lives with our families, friends, coworkers, and people we encounter through happenstance. It is easy to take life for granted, to get too busy to take time out to express our love for others, to be so focused on the tasks that need to get done, we forget to take time to show concern and compassion for others.
Just like finding time in the day for exercise, for adequate sleep, and for good nutrition, it is important to take the time each day to give genuine warmth and love to others and to offer kindness to people in need.
Do your December goals include goals for your emotional well being, and the emotional well being of others?
This is a season of gift giving, but the greatest gift is true kindness and generosity of the soul.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Life is good when you're a diva!
I took today as an 'off' day, letting Miss Stella, the diva, enlighten me about how to let life just take care of itself and totally relax.
This morning's yoga offering was restorative yoga, just exactly what I needed. The instructor was a sub today, and led a great session adding a nice touch of a gentle adjustment while I was in savasana.
I've been working on writing an obituary for my aunt, but plan to 'sleep on it' tonight so I have a little relaxed process time.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I was so sad to lose my aunt, who has always been a special, special person in my life.
I cried Friday, Saturday, and Sunday... feeling so blue that I was not able to be with her as she needed me on her transition from living to the next realm.
Then I got a phone call from one of my aunts telling me that the aunt who called the family and told them that she had died had gotten her information wrong and that she was still alive and in the hospital.
I called the hospital to verify. 'Yes, she is still alive,' they told me, 'Do you want to be connected to her room?'
When we were connected I asked her if she wanted me to be there with her, and she was able to tell me that she really wanted me to be there.
Five minutes later I had a reservation for a fight to Philadelphia that evening at 6:30. This was a miracle I wouldn't have even imagined. I belonged with her at the end of her life and hadn't been able to do that, now suddenly I had a chance to be with her when she needed me. I threw three days worth of clothes in a suitcase, called the school manager to tell her I was leaving and needed a sub for 3 days, sorry, no lesson plans.
I got to the airport early, the plane was two hours late. Then, once it arrived, the mechanical problem that had grounded it at the previous airport was still an issue and the flight got cancelled. I had been holding up, but was sobbing by the time I got to the desk to try to change my flight out. All flights were filled - the next available one would get me there at 2:00 pm on Monday. I felt like the rug was being pulled out from under me. They were able to overbook the next flight and get me on the 6:30 am flight to Philly. So I arrived here 12 hours later than planned, but still in time to be with my aunt.
The hard thing is that her condition deteriorated drastically, so the conversation I had with her on Sunday was the last two sided conversation I was able to have with her. Now I talk to her, call her sisters so they can talk to her, tell her stories, and visit with her many friends. She is never alone, her loved ones are with her 24/7. Two friends brought their violins in yesterday, and we all sang songs to her. She is mostly heavily medicated with morphine, and she is moving from this world to where she needs to gather herself for her transition out. But we can see on her face, the comfort she gets from friends, family, and music.
I have been in her room most of the time, afraid to leave her. But after her medication this morning I went to one of her friend's house for a nap, a little yoga (much needed after attempting sleeping in a plastic recliner last night), and a shower. I haven't really slept since Saturday night. Hopefully I can sleep tonight no matter how uncomfortable that chair.
My flight back out is tomorrow. I think my aunt still needs me. Somehow I need to get lesson plans for my sub and get my flight changed. I don't know if I can make this happen, but I will try.
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