Surprises… that’s what I’m thankful for this week.
It rained last night, it rained all day long, and it’s still raining as I write this. Seven plus inches with more in the forecast. The only thing better would be snow. I read Mary Oliver’s poem about rain to my students. One said, Oh, I love how she wrote that. I hear the words of the rain.
Well. I hear them, too…surely is nice to have company.
A second welcome surprise: a new desk for my classroom with drawers that shut all of the way and
lock. You might have to be a teacher to understand the significance of this entry. It’s my first new (locking) desk in thirty years of teaching! It came with SIX keys. 😀
A pink rose still blooms in memory of Elizabeth Ingram, a teacher who worked at my campus. It blooms every single season. I have the latest one near my computer this week…a reminder that life is fragile, but beautiful.
Another dinner prepared this week, this time from an old friend and former colleague, Carolyn. It’s nice to receive those texts from people who actually mean it when they ask if there’s something they can do. We continue to be blessed with so many loving efforts of others.
Finally, the blessing of future surprises. I signed up for the Secret Pal project at work. I almost didn’t since I’m never sure where I’ll be each day. Then I told myself, Well, none of us really ever know, do we? So. I signed up. Maybe I can bring a little happiness to someone else.
We all need every bit of hope we can get.
Always find them: hope and blessings.