Surprise Gift

Today was hard. I’m not ready to think too deeply about that so I’m going to focus on a good thing. I’ll be out of my classroom for the first time this year tomorrow and I’m feeling a bit anxious about it.

I’m headed to a meeting of a professional organization with whom I serve on their board. We meet several times a year and I feel lucky to be a part of the group (especially as classroom teachers are few and far between in these positions). I thought we were meeting in person, about a two hour drive from me. So I was, mentally, planning for a two hour drive, at least a two hour meeting, and then a two hour drive home. But when I checked to see where exactly and to determine what time I needed to leave, I realized we’re meeting virtually.

Which makes total sense. But more importantly, means I’ve just gained several free hours tomorrow. I can go for a run in the morning (something I don’t feel comfortable doing before school because it’s too dark). I can finalize some of the work on the book I’m coauthoring. I can prep for next week and feel a little less weight on my shoulders all weekend.

I’m sorry not to see folks in person, but more than that, I’m grateful for the gift of time.

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