100 Happy Days – Day 40: Equinox Fairyland

  1. This morning was an exceptionally beautiful morning.
  2. Last night, I came upon a blog post that made me feel sheepish.

These two things combined = this post!

#2 above is a post from just over four years ago, when I had come back to the blog, head hanging, after failing spectacularly to complete 100 Happy Days. I had good reasons for not having finished, and I forgave myself… but then I blithely said I would fill in the rest over the next (maybe) year or so. I’m pretty sure I never completed a single other 100 Happy Days post. So much for taking this blogger at her word.

Then, this morning, I had outdoor supervision prior to the first bell. I had been rushing around with the kids, as I always do on the early-duty mornings, and then once I got to school it took me a few minutes of walking around to settle down and look around me.

We had a dusting of snow in the night, so on this windless morning, there were sparkles on everything. (The photos do not do justice to the sparkles, I’m afraid. They were dazzling.) It was cold enough to see my breath, but the sun felt actually, truly warm, after a long icy winter. The birds were singing and there were geese arriving home and the kids were sliding around on the remaining bits of ice. The snow was already beginning to melt by the time the bell rang – this magical combination of elements is inevitably ephemeral – and I felt so fortunate to have had this moment of awe to start my school day.

The Spring Equinox and March’s full moon both happen tomorrow. Seems magical, n’est-ce pas?

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#NaBloPoMo, Day 2: Perfect Storm

 

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The Full Moon: TEACHERS KNOW.

It’s not just Monday. It’s the Monday after Halloween, a few days off the full moon. The kids had a three-day weekend (Friday PA day). And we just changed the clocks. School was a bit wacko today.

It would figure that – less than 24 hours after I’d mentioned how well the kids were sleeping lately, HA – my daughter woke up at 1:40 needing cuddles and tried to infiltrate our bed, and it took almost an hour to get her back where she should be. And I’d already had trouble getting to sleep (the clock change messes with me too).

I’m grateful for that sleepy 6-week-old golden lab puppy I got to pet, right when I arrived at school. That’ll make your day.

I’m grateful for absolutely beautiful fall weather that didn’t look or feel like November.

I’m grateful for a completely unexpected cooperation and problem-solving between two difficult students, on today of all days, that meant I didn’t have to mediate at all. Amazing.

I’m grateful for my colleagues who understand everything we all go through, who work so hard and really want the best for – and out of – those kids.

And I’m really grateful that our Federation and the provincial government have finally, finally reached a tentative agreement, so we can hope that school life will go back to normal soon.

Oh – and boy, was I grateful for coffee today.

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