and find out some things:
1) I'm in South Africa, volunteering in an after school program for high school students. They get out of their school early and arrive here at 10 or noon. They study very hard and stay often until 6 pm. The days they come are Tuesday through Sunday. It is very intense work as these students have been selected to receive this extra boost so that they may rise up out of their circumstances and have opportunities they might otherwise never have…Continue
I've not been here in awhile ... I was trying to get beyond bleak. There have been better days... and then there are discovery days (if one's perceptions are accurate).
It came to me last night that I've had 3 significant people in my life who have become difficult for me to be with. One is the Sister in Law who invaded personal space during hospice and with whom I've first learned about boundary setting. Yet she is a relative with whom my children need to remain connected.…Continue
My husband has been gone for 11 months.
His family came for Memorial Day Saturday and Sunday - much as in the past - and I was very weary when the two days were done. But I was happy to spend Memorial Day Monday in the cemetery in the rain with my husband. The services had been moved to a building due to weather - I was delighted to be among the families who spent their time in the real world, where uniformed service men were saluting the veterans' grave sites. It was…Continue
A happy thing happened on Sunday. It was the day of the Governor's Awards for outstanding seniors (top of the class) and they were permitted to bring one teacher who had had an influence on their life. The top senior of the district I abruptly retired from last year asked me. That is an honor, but the happy thing is bigger than that. Her family and I spent a long drive on the road to and fro. We talked, laughed, ate together, enjoyed the ceremony together and midway home, I realized…Continue