That pic was from yesterday. Yes, a dreary sky most days here in the Northwest, but then this happens. I found myself smiling as I was driving around in the sun with the sunroof open. I felt energetic and hopeful, all because of the sun. Literally, with the sun, the colors of even the skyscrapers came alive. So, living here in the northwest isn’t for everyone; most especially those who suffer from S.A.D., but I’ve found one can learn a thing or two about patience and waiting from this climate. I feel more patient after living here. I also feel extra grateful when the sun appears and these emotions have translated to other areas of my life. I’m trying to let them “translate” anyway, most days.
Today, I was with a group of first graders and instead of dreading them, I found myself more relaxed and able to enjoy them and their legalistic ways. I also learned something about myself. I can be fairly laid back as a person and this clashes with the young child. Most young children need structure and adherence to a schedule to feel secure in their environment and to learn. I tend to naturally peel off structure like a day old band aid, so as it is, I may rub first graders the wrong way. I may give them anxiety and cause for worry. They may act up with me because I lack in my personality what they need.
Anyway, right around the corner, I will have a break from the northwest and take a vacation. It won’t necessarily be all sun and warmth in Colorado, but it’s Colorado and I’m heading “home”. Feels good to say it, but it’s also hard to say it.