Hello 2021, we certainly are happy to see you! Thank goodness for new beginnings! Although we are not “out of the woods” yet, recent vaccine discussion gives me hope for a much better 2021! But for now, we continue to be on pause and we search for rainbows in our lives.
The holidays have come and gone and traditional get togethers for me were different and somewhat non-existent. Although I saw few friends and family members over the last few months, the unplanned isolation has certainly given me more thinking time. On those lonely days I have tried to focus on giving thanks for all the wonderful people and things in my life. I found this not to be a difficult task and I encourage you to take a few minutes and find some rainbows in your life.
- I am thankful for the extra time spent with my husband and realize that it was a wise decision to marry him 40 years ago. I also realized that I did not need a party to realize how lucky I am.
- I am thankful for the time spent talking and “zooming” with my adult children and their families. I have so enjoyed “seeing” the small “day to day” happenings in their busy lives.
- I am thankful that Rome was not built in a day and will still be there when I reschedule our trip.
- I have learned that I can totally keep myself busy doing a variety of things around the house. And, not getting them done right away was not a crisis!
- I have connected more with friends as we have reached out to commiserate on these uncertain times but more importantly to check in on each other.
- I have had time to practice some “self-care” to stay both physically and mentally healthy. Long overdue, but better late than never.
- I am thankful that I still love to learn because I have learned so much about online learning while working with my granddaughters in their remote teaching environment. Together we have increased our technology skills.
- I have learned that I am more flexible than I ever thought I could be in supervising student teachers. I have learned to mentor and observe their teaching through varied placements (hybrid, full remote, in-person, pauses) and all combinations last semester. They have been unstoppable!
Most importantly I have learned to be grateful for each day and take the time to enjoy the many rainbows in my life. Happy New Year!