It’s been a strange, roller coaster kind of week for me. I had a couple of “never want to repeat that” experiences which won’t be appearing in a blog coming soon to your screen. Also had some great experiences. I’d rather spend my time relating the enjoyable ones.
We got together to have our staff Christmas photo taken. Sometimes when you teach in a big building like ours it’s easy to lose track of all the wonderful people spread out along the halls who are doing the same thing. It was fun to see everyone gathered together in one big smiling red and tinsel greeting card group. Kindred spirits have fun!
Got together Thursday night with the TRAC group to put together garland wreaths and bows for the street lamps. Lots of volunteers showed up so the work was done quickly and with lots of laughter. Kindred spirits don’t mind working. And the results were beautiful! I’ll post photos soon.
I went to a workshop today with twenty-four other pre-K and kindergarten teachers from our area. We talked about books and reading and discussed some new techniques to help our little ones learn. I only knew ten of the people in the room, but it didn’t matter. Kindred spirits love to share ideas. Our love for education and little students brought us together and made it a great day.
Gary and I just returned a little while ago from the SOSU Senior Art Exhibition and Reception. It’s a wonderful opportunity for young artists to display their work and proud parents to walk around thinking things like “Hey, I must have done something right.” or “Could he actually make a living doing this?” It was also rather nostalgic for me since I took several art classes at SOSU. As I meandered around the room I found it easy to understand and appreciate some of the work. Others left me wondering if I was missing something. However, the striking thing was that people were there- enjoying, discussing, appreciating, and even buying works of art. And many of the faces were the same ones we see at other events and performances and exhibits. Kindred spirits find each other. In a small rural community such as ours we are dependent on the university to provide some much needed cultural diversity. And the art and music departments certainly do that for us. Gary and I give a little each year to help support the Red River Arts Council. We try to attend as many events and exhibitions as possible. I wish sometimes that we had more money or more ways of showing our appreciation. But then again, if more people contributed just a little…
Kindred spirits keep me going. I travel in many circles and have friends from different communities and different occupations. However, I find that if I take time to cherish what we have in common, then our differences only enhance our friendship. I hope you have kindred spirits in your life who keep you going. You never know when you’re going to have a roller coaster week! Enjoy your weekend!
P.S. Happy Birthday Karen!!