Genuine and kind …

I have always had an aversion to arrogant, mean and nasty people. Don’t we all? Honestly their actions confuse me. I’m repulsed by people who just don’t seem to care about the feelings of others and who are just flat out critical. I don’t understand their hurtfulness.

On the other hand, I truly appreciate people who are REAL in all the right ways. People who are so secure in their own skin that they don’t have a need to put others down. They build people up, encourage and show tenderness. They are compassionate and want to be helpful. They are calm and understanding. They are patient and good. There is no ill-will in their heart and it shows in all their actions. Even when no one is looking. I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am to call so many people like this my friends and family. In a nutshell, I am one lucky woman.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are genuine and kind!!!

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Despite all the crazy, I love my life …

Chuck E. Cheese. An email that arrived too late. A beloved doll run over by a car. FIVE TIMES. A life threatening experience. A friend to the rescue. Some frozen yogurt. And one shaved neck.

Yup. Sounds like a normal day to me.

Well, I hope you all have a day where despite all the crazy, you love your life!!!

My reputation precedes me …

Today was Reese’s first day of first grade. I have to say that it went pretty well. I was a little concerned because I had some serious issues last year. I won’t get into ALL the details but student drop-off and pick-up was a BIG one. Oddly, there has never been a safe curbside area for Special Day Class (SDC) students who are not bused to and from school. We have to park, if there is any parking available, and walk through the small war zone of a parking lot. Seriously, it’s scary. Reese is so frightened that she has me carry her the whole way all the while burrowing her head into my neck.

There is a HUGE valet area for the typical students and a smaller one for the SDC students who are bused. But nothing for us and it just wasn’t right. I brought this to the attention of the principal last year after being yelled at one to many times by a teacher for trying to drop Reese off at curbside. The principal, admitted that no one had ever thought of providing an area. My reaction: WOW. Be it the loudmouth social worker to draw attention to something so … um … BASIC. How is it that in all the years this school has been an SDC site no one has ever thought that providing a safe ACCESS TO EDUCATION is just as important to the student as the education itself?!?! Good grief. Anyway, the principal spent the better part of the year trying to figure it all out at the district level with my incessant urging. We left school for the summer with me being told that the parking lot would be reworked over the summer to accommodate an increase in students as well as my concerns for a safe curbside area for SDC students who weren’t bused.

Well … that didn’t happen. Go figure.

Reese and I arrived very early to school this morning to find that they had repaved and painted the parking lot. BIG SIGH. I was utterly disappointed. But then something happened. I was met by a woman at curbside with whom I was unfamiliar. I asked her if she knew if an area had been designated for SDC students being dropped off. Her reply: ARE YOU MRS. HENRY? I was taken back since I had no clue who she was. I replied, “Yes.” She said, “Hi, I’m with the district and we are out here helping today, you can pull up right here”. And she motioned to the area right in front of where the buses drop off the other SDC students. I couldn’t contain the humor I saw in the whole scenario and literally cracked the heck up … and happily dropped Reese off safely at curbside. BIG HUGE SMILE.

Well, I hope you all have a day where your reputation precedes you!!!

Savoring the moment … 

This is our last day of summer before my crew goes back to school and everyone is still asleep. The house is so quiet. Mornings like this will be rare come tomorrow. But I am ready for all of it. The busyness, the rush, the full schedules and all the change. Oh … all that change. But right now I will appreciate the peacefulness of this morning. The calm before my storm.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you savor the moment!!!

Men’s underwear and my sanity …

Every time I buy and open the packaging of men’s underwear I move one step closer to insanity. Seriously, it’s a near impossible task to free those buggers from their prison of plastic, zippers, tape and array of fasteners. If my son G3 ever questions my love for him I will simply remind him that I am still willing to buy and unearth his new underwear from their near perfect marketing tomb. I know men who chose to not wear any underwear and I gotta say that I don’t blame them. If I had to figure out the Rubik’s Cube every time I bought new panties for myself I wouldn’t wear any either.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you figure it out without losing your mind!!!

Backing up … 

I run in the mornings, usually quite early. It’s how I love to start my day. It’s quiet. No one needs me. It’s truly my ME time.

There are usually very few cars on the road. Which I love. I can always tell what time it is based on how many cars I see. Sadly, once it gets to a certain hour my quiet me time turns into survival of the fittest, HA!

In all my years out there running I have to say that 95% of the time drivers do not look right when they are turning right. Most of the time they are looking left to make sure no one hits them as they turn. I have lost track how many times I’ve almost been hit in these situations. One time a woman almost ran me over TWICE. Not to worry. My fists slamming into her side passenger window finally made her aware of me. AS SHE SPED AWAY! No joke. She screamed, started crying hysterically and drove away. Never checked to see if I was OK. Swell. Anyway. My point. Look both ways.

But really that’s not my point today. Today I want to write about the people who DO SEE ME. Most of these drivers are ones who have pulled too far into the cross walk. But they correct their mistake. Sometimes right away when they see me, but often times as I pass them or after I have already gone around them. But I like those people. Especially the ones who do it as I’m passing them. They see what they need to fix and even though their actions can’t make it better or safer for me necessarily, they are thinking about the next runner who might come along. That is conscientious thinking if you ask me. Good people, correcting their errors so that situations can be better and safer for the next person who comes along. Yup. I like that. It makes me wonder if this is how these people operate in their day-to-day lives. I’d like to believe that they do. 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you back up!!!

A well deserved break … 

I went to bed feeling pretty good last night and woke up in a much better “place” emotionally than I have been in days. I’m not sure how long it will last but I will enjoy and appreciate the reprieve from my current situation for as long as I can.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get a well deserved break!!!