I woke up refreshed this morning. I can't think of a better word to describe it. The air is cool, I slept soundly last night, and today is Mother's birthday.
I know some people find it strange to remember the birthday of someone who is dead. But it is still the day she was born, and a good day to remember her. It is also the birthday of a friend and I am very happy to know that she will be celebrating today. She has a mixed blessing because someone very dear to her died this weekend. I told her I know how she feels because my grandfather died a few days before my 25th birthday and his funeral was on my birthday. I don't think anyone realized it until later that evening. Made me sad, but also gave me some perspective about life.
This Saturday is Heritage Day. It was one of mom's favorite days. She loved the history of our town and she loved to see old friends. She loved the museum and Craighead's and spent time working at both over the years. She also adored children and Heritage Day gave her the opportunity to see them.
We'll be cleaning up and working on the flowerbeds each night this week. Lots to do in preparation! There is a city council meeting tonight to attend to some business. The sidewalk project has been slowly evolving and I think we are about ready to make some more progress. People don't realize how much time, money, and effort goes into getting the slightest thing done, especially with grant money. I was amazed to hear that with this week's council approval Durant's next phase of their street work will begin in 2010. I guess I thought that with their crews and money they could just start next week. LOL
I've been a bit anxious for my little class until this morning. Now I even feel refreshed about that! Some of them are so young, and lacking in experience and skills. I never like to think about them "failing" anything, especially this early in the year, but I had been feeling a little anxious about our lack of progress. I feel very positive now that we are going to move forward at our own pace and my little ones WILL succeed. I awoke with a couple of new ideas I'm going to try and I can't wait to get to school.
The only thing I'm not feeling good about is the economy. We're all stressed about what the future holds and I can only suggest that we wait and pray. America is a greedy country and we may all have to learn some difficult lessons. My own disappointment this year is that I have so little discretionary money. I used to be able to buy something for my class or a book for myself or a gift for a friend, without planning ahead or debating with myself about whether I could truly afford it. Now I don't even buy a cola without thinking about it. I'm trying to think about Christmas and other future needs and I find myself reaching for the Tums! In my younger days I would have considered a part-time job, but I'm not sure I have the energy anymore. So I too, need to pray, and wait for an opportunity to either make more money or save more money. There aren't too many choices in between.
But I won't let that get me down today! I feel refreshed and I'm eager to get to school. Have a great day!