Advisory morning with our students included the honor roll assembly and field morning. It could not have been a more beautiful fall day in the Land of Enchantment - that perfect blue sky and crisp air. But I’ll admit this - I was grumpy in the morning. Tired and morose, to be more accurate. And I thought I’d just kind of make it through the day and be done with it. However….the kids. They’re fun and hilarious and they’re kind. I hadn’t seen them since Monday so it was good for us all to be together again. And then, there was 4-Square. Oh, I do love me a good game of 4-Square. At first, I jumped into a game with a short line, quickly to discover why it was a short line to play in this particular court. There was a teacher monitoring and had given rules to pass the ball gently from under the ball and not to spike the ball.
Yeah, I was out of there and moved to the game alllllll the way down at the end. Another teacher and I set up camp with some phenomenal kiddos and I had 40-minutes of bliss - laughing, moving, out in the sun, surprising the kids with my mad, mad 4-Square skills, and having fun together.
It’s been a long 2 weeks in my world after finding my aunt in her home after she’d fallen and had been down for 50 hours without food, water, or connection. A long two weeks during which I missed 6 days of school and that finds me in a new role as caretaker as my aunt has moved in with us for the foreseeable future. I’ve been overwhelmed, tired and sad.
But yesterday morning, by golly, there was 4-Square and with red cheeks, blood pumping, and the sound of laughter all around me I felt alive and joyful.
I felt better.