Yesterday marked the New Moon, so today, everything is starting over, at least from a lunar standpoint, which is just fine with me. This entire last month has been punctuated by a collection of stupid mistakes, uncomfortable moments, missteps, misunderstandings, and several regrettable episodes of utter dorkiness on my part. Well, more than usual, I should add. But, we all have them, and this too, shall pass. I stand with Anne Shirley (of Green Gables fame) and these words:
"...Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
The good news is that the world is full of good and loving people who go out of their way to help dry tears and bring on the laughter and perspective. My heart is full and tender as I consider how fortunate I am on that score. Some of these tough times have yielded some of the most treasured moments of friendship in my recent memory. You have to fall down before someone can lift you up. I have experienced that this month.
So, I am officially moving on...What's going on in my life? I'm sure you are sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for the answer to that question. It is a somewhat quiet week during the days, but I do have to start getting ready for my conference next week-printing handouts, checking class notes, etc.
Volleyball is done, but Cross Country is in the post-season so Sam still has practice. He'll be running in Regionals tomorrow. Soccer goes for a couple more weeks. There is a lull this week in the seemingly endless round of dental appointments that my family has to endure because they inherited my poor teeth. All my kids have email accounts now, so we are trying out google calendar. We'll see how it works. It is interesting to actually see how the time gets blocked out, and I like that every kid can be in a different color and such. Someday when I get my iPhone, I can just have the calendar with me, either as a download or on the web. For now, I still make notes in my little book with my little pencil and it seems to work out.
Sam's Eagle Scout Project is this weekend. He and a fellow-scout are organizing the planting of 220 trees in a local neighborhood. It has been a huge challenge but a great learning experience. People have been great about helping out and being supportive of the huge amount of work it is to organize a team of volunteers. I'm just so grateful for the people in my life this week. I am, seriously, so blessed.
I am in the final stages of finishing up the knitting project I've been working on. Delivery is next week. Last week's movies were two different adaptations of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Both had their merits. I love the story and am about halfway through the book. I like other authors of this era, but I've just never got around to reading Thomas Hardy. I'm glad to be so now. This week I have a film called On a Clear Day about a Channel swimmer (as in the English Channel-big body of water there between England and France. My kids thought I was talking about a new television channel) and a film with Colin Firth called My Life So Far. If you've seen these films and I need to be saved from either one of them, let me know soon because tomorrow is the knitting day. I also got the classic film How Green Was My Valley, adapted from a favorite book, but I already know that one's good.
So there you go. Life always goes on and lucky for me, most of the time it really is good. I think I'll go change into one of my t-shirts.