Monday, March 18, 2019

SOL19 Slice #18: Happy Birthday, Mom

I am participating in the
 Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOL19)
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day for the month of March 2019.

A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect.

Today is my mother's birthday; she died in October, and would have turned 90. First thing this morning, I read my "Daily Devotional" meditation and it was about INTERRUPTIONS. Donna Schaper, the author, begins...  

"There must be some kind of sacrament to interruptions...."

I thought,
Mom's birthday is a bit of an interruption to my thought-processes today. What if I look for interruptions, pay attention to them, see if they reveal anything positive?

Here's what I noticed:

Although I was wearing my favorite turtleneck top this morning, I could not find the shirt I always wear over it; I took the time to look through my closet more closely and found a really pretty shirt that I had totally forgotten I had! It had simple blue flowers on it, same color as my turtleneck. Yay!

A "no walk" signal for what seemed like an eternity as I walked to school from the metro - I looked around and noticed beautiful yellow narcissus in bloom. Yay!

I filled up my tea cup with hot water from the staff room dispenser, only to have this hot water immediately disintegrate the tea bag, spilling tea leaves throughout my mug. Oh no! I had to run back into my classroom for a replacement tea bag, and back into the staff lounge to refill. What was the good of this interruption? Well, I ended up having nice conversations with two different colleagues! That wouldn't have happened, if the tea had been made correctly the first time.

Other tidbits:
- a child speaks up at morning gathering for the first time ever! Surprise!
- one colleague is late for a meeting and I got to sit quietly in her office for ten whole minutes. Awesome!
- my Fitbit reminded me to get moving in the middle of a staff meeting, and I just stood up and moved about, stretching my legs. Funniest part - I wasn't the only one who did this! 
- the meeting ended early enough for me to write this blogpost. Interruption = accomplishment, day 18 of SOLSC. Ha!

1 comment:

  1. Very cool way to look at things. Happy birthday to your mom! (My mom would also have been 90 on her birthday, last month.) Hugs! :-) ~JudyK