Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to find positives at the end of the week.
I almost skipped posting today. It’s been a very tough week, and when I sat down this morning to think about what I could celebrate, nothing came to mind. Even in the toughest week, there are plenty are small moments to enjoy and be grateful for, and I had my share of those. But I didn’t want to blog about any of them. I wanted to resist the whole notion of celebrating. And then I thought about the purpose of this weekly meme and decided that a day when I don’t feel like celebrating is exactly the day I need to celebrate.
1. I am so grateful for my husband. He manages the extreme roller coaster of our parenting lives with grace, perspective, and infinite good humor. And he knows just when I need for him to point out the window and say, “Look! Sparkle ponies!” (I really needed some sparkle ponies this morning.)
2. I love that on Saturdays, I wake up to find my RSS feed filled with Celebration posts. Reading today’s posts gave me a much-needed lift this morning.
3. Carrie‘s reminder about the upcoming #MustReadin2014 check-in next week motivated me to finish two more books from my list, and they were both excellent. Is there time to read a third before Tuesday??
4. I’m teaching an eight-week online Composition II course right now and I’m actually liking it. This is big news, because Comp II is BY FAR my least favorite class to teach. It’s a course in “the research process” and “the research paper,” and I never feel that the course has any connection to writing as I practice it myself. It is difficult to feel good about teaching a curriculum that doesn’t reflect my beliefs about learning or writing. My students are bored doing their assignments, I’m bored reading their assignments; they jump through my hoops for eight weeks and we call it course credit. But I can’t really call it learning.Fourteen hours before the term officially started three weeks ago, I chucked the whole course and created something new. My students are blogging and tweeting and writing collaboratively, and the course now comes so much closer to reflecting my beliefs as a teacher and my practices as a writer. An added benefit: instead of dreading the work load, I look forward to reading and commenting on their blog posts. I am lucky to be able to do work that I love, work that inspires me to create and to learn and to grow.
5. There has been more gardening progress. Yesterday, I got twelve shrubs planted, so the giant empty space that was my front yard is now filling up. I also got a big section by the road weeded.
And the coreopsis is blooming: