Sunday, July 24, 2011

Confetti in my Shoes

As a school counselor, I’m just as stoked as my students when that final school bell rings on June 10th. A month and some odd days later I see two themes on my Twitter/Facebook/Google+ timelines today. Teachers and students mourn the end of the summer they feel is coming too soon. The parents (and spouses) I follow are counting the days until their loved ones go back to class (or work).
We all spend a lot of time counting down and looking back, don’t we?
As a student of human behavior, I compulsively read between the lines. I look for clues and messages, often where none exist. Today the message I’m getting is to enjoy the moment.
In the past twenty-four hours I took in the last of six summer concerts, all given by the same band that I’ve been in love with since I was ten years old. I ate my first chocolate chip pancake in about fifteen years at Waffle House with a woman I’m lucky enough to call one of my best friends and a new friend with whom I’m hoping to share future adventures. I drove all night to find my husband waiting up for us when we pulled into the driveway at 4:30 in the morning. Then I slept in late, ate entirely too much sushi for lunch, and vegged out on the couch for the rest of the day. Tonight I watched my husband attempt to classically condition our black lab to believe that whenever she whines at bunnies in the yard it causes thunder. I don’t think it went nearly as well as he hoped.
Today, I laughed…a lot.
There’s a lot to be stressed about right now. My career hangs in the balance like every other school board employee I know, and the prospects look grim. It’s hotter than Hades outside, family health issues run amuck, and Norway reminds us that no one is safe.
Tomorrow’s not guaranteed, and while I have plans and hopes and dreams for future days, I’m content with this moment. More than content, I’m eternally grateful for the confetti in my shoes.


  1. We really appreciate you taking the time to write this up; the the3six5 process is definitely a messy one, but we're glad the post turned out well!

    We'll see you (and another post) soon! :-)

  2. Thanks, Daniel! I look forward to it.