What have you woven this summer? What will you craft this fall?
A new season approaches, and that's always a good time for a little refocusing, it seems to me. As I look forward toward fall, I'm looking back this week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, where we link up each Friday to share the blessings of the week.
Here are my favorites for this week:
1. A good week. Yes, my first week at school has been a good one but, more importantly, my son Andrew’s first week back at teaching has been awesome. He was welcomed so warmly by students and teachers alike and since he’s “born to the chalk” (or the whiteboard, as they say these days), he’s right in his element. He’s understandably tired, but says he’s not overdoing. (Mom hopes he’s telling the truth on that one…)
2. Real empathy. Empathy has been described as knowing exactly how another feels because you’ve been in their shoes. I have a friend facing some hard times right now and although they’re not the same as my last seven months, it’s easy for me to empathize. You know how you hope tough times can be used to help someone else? I just want to give back some of that blessing, and I’m glad I’ve been able to be an ear and a shoulder this week.
3. The end of a class. My summer class is coming to an end, and it’s so neat to see the information come full circle. I’m working on a BIG paper that has to be submitted by midnight on Sunday, then I have a week off, and I start two new classes.
4. The favorite uncle competition. When you have four sons, life is forever a competition, no matter how old they are. Since there’s only one nephew, the big contest here is “Who’s the favorite uncle?” When Andrew visited a couple of weeks ago, he was sure his Donald Duck impression sealed the deal. Now my youngest has stopped by to spend a few days there on his way back to college, and his plan is to fix Aiden his favorite, “cake-cakes” (also known as pancakes). On Facebook, my other son had to assert that since he’s the California uncle who knows all about movies, he has to be the coolest one. And so it goes.
5. This quote, so a propos for the beginning of a school year:
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” (Pericles)
There have been a number of former students through our halls this week, stopping by to say hi before returning to college. Although Andrew has only taught one semester, two graduates stopped by today to tell him what a difference he made. Love that encouragement.
No matter what our job, our profession, our path or lot in life, we all weave something into the lives of others. And that’s the monument that matters.
Weave a thing of beauty next week!