I am sitting at the breakfast table across from my son. He is 14 1/2, and has a set of glowing blue headphones on his ears. We both have laptops in front of us. He asked what I was looking at. I told him my blog, then said, “I haven’t written anything in 7 months.” At which point he applauded. I asked why he was applauding that, and he said, “Well, at least you aren’t blogging every day like you used to. You used to spend HOURS on the computer.”
Ah. . .how things have changed. Now HE spends hours on the computer, and I was just pondering trying to write a post each day to get back into the swing of things. I am not even really reading blogs anymore, but I need to. It offers a different perspective on life–what people ponder and reveal and think.
So, on this first day of 2016, I will say that writing is a priority this year. So is drinking plenty of water, getting good rest, continuing to take care of my body and spirit as well as the bodies and spirits of my little family.
This year is a biggie–Victoria will graduate in June and be off to college in August. That is not a change I look forward to for me, but it is an adventure I look forward to for her. Thad begins high school in August–without his sister here to guide him and encourage him and make him laugh when we can’t.
Last school year, our principal (young guy) chose one word for 2015. His word was “finish.” He was working on his doctorate, in the middle of his first year of being a principal, etc. So, FINISH. That was a good word.
I have thought about one word for 2016. There were a couple in the running: Endure, Faithfulness. . but sitting here just now with me bemoaning my lack of writing and Thad applauding it, I think I have chosen my One Word for 2016. Perspective. Much like a just right Christmas gift, or a new pair of shoes, I knew it when I saw it. It fit. It was right.
Perspective. Perspective on the past and on the future. Perspective on how my children, my husband and I all view a situation, an event, a memory. Perspective on them growing up and us growing older. Perspective on where I live and what I do and how I do it. Perspective on the students I teach and how we interpret the same information differently. Perspective on how long it’s taken me to develop or break habits. Perspective on events and choices and decisions.
There is a song by Garth Brooks that most people don’t know. It was from his ill-fated, short-lived adventure as Chris Gaines. The song is “That’s the Way I Remember It.” It’s a song about perspective.
It’s only natural with time
Details can somehow slip your mind
Something so sweet, though incomplete
You fill the spaces in between
It never will be that way again
Maybe it wasn’t, way back when
To my heart and soul
This is the way the story has to be told
That’s the way, I remember it, I remember it that way
From the day, I was living it, I remember it that way
Some of our stories fade as we grow older
Some get sweeter every time they’re told
That’s the way, I’ll remember it that way.