Day 165 – June 14, 2019
Driving in this morning I was treated to a most beautiful sight. A million dollar sight for free! What a bargain. It caught my eye as just a blob on the mountain top. But a very fat blob. I’d never seen one like it. But as my direction shifted so did it and it started to expand. At one point, I felt as though I was literally under it, if not in it. Colors changed as I started out of the mountain. My biggest regret was that I didn’t think about shooting straight up from the sunroof then you would know they aren’t phony’s. Without further delay, my post is going to change direction here so I apologize in advance. But what really struck me was how the first thing I thought of was getting to share it with you all here. And I found that very peaceful and calming and exciting. Usually my drive to and from is a prep and decompression session. I made the decision the day I drove to work from the mountains, for the first time, 19 years ago, to leave work at work and home at home. I use the 30 min drive to either prepare for the day or decompress. I think it’s what has kept me fresh all these years. I do everything I can to keep the two lives separate. So when I’m at home I am not focusing on school and vice versa. It’s kind of easy to because I very rarely would run into anyone from school at home and I really didn’t talk about home at school. Of course, that changed when my own kids were my high school kids age and decided to intermingle (that was magnified greatly when my oldest decided to date, tragically, one of my students. But that’s another story. Needless to say I don’t recommend that). Back to my point (which I think I forgot) oh yeah, calming. Because it was morning, and I was headed to work, I tend to do anything but be really calm as I am planning my day. So when I thought about posting this photo for you, it excited me but it also eased tensions. I know I’ve said it before but this has become such an important outlet for me. And it has become even more so over the past year. I think it is because of the amazing friendships I have developed with so many of you. I remember last year, before WP stopped doing their prompts and challenges, my comments and interaction with many posts and responses was very mechanical, I guess. I would have never replied to a comment without a thank you or showing appreciation. Something I still do today. But it’s the way it’s done. As I look through the comments, I love the fact that, for those who have been around awhile, it is so much more less formal and is much more dialogue of friends. There is respect that has already been developed and it is truly special. There are also a group of those who I have been connecting with pretty regularly, that really drive this passion. So many of you have been so encouraging and supportive, especially when some of the photos and posts may not have been “all that”. I am so grateful. To those of you who are just getting to know me and this blog, I look forward to getting to know you as much or as little as you wish. I hope I expressed myself the way I am hearing it in my head and that this doesn’t come out as word vomit. I’ve already recorded 200 more words than I usually do so I applaud you if you have read this far into it. I will stop your suffering now. Just know that I really do appreciate every one of you and I am so happy I met you!