Beauty

I came back from my morning walk with the dog just suffused, surfeited, with gratitude for this place.

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Today is the boy’s last day of kindergarten and I am so grateful for the caring community at Atwood Primary. There is physical feeling of love and thoughtful attention there. I just watched a 10 minute video made by his wonderful teacher, Pamela Corson, out of pictures she took of the class throughout the year. I bawled, it was embarrassing. I feel so lucky that the kid who is at the center of my life was so clearly – along with 17 other 6-year-olds – at the center of hers as well.

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I’m so grateful to have the experience of doing work that I love in a state that I love.  I’m thankful to Thomas College for bringing me to Central Maine, an intensely beautiful and grounding place. I’m thankful for the warmth of my colleagues and students – my school is a place where everyone is human, everyone is valued and everyone is seen. Where there’s a violation of that value, people work to try to fix it.

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There are no people in these pictures, but the images in my mind’s eye are full of them. My sweet husband. My constant amazement that this beautiful, long-limbed, gentle man is my other half. My son and the sharp, breathtaking tang of loving him.

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How lucky I am to be near my mother and father and how proud I feel to have the opportunity to develop rich, adult relationships with them. How much I love spending time with my talented sister, capable of all things.

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I’m aware that things change – as much as, sometimes, you don’t want them to. I’m in love with this moment and will appreciate it for as long as it will stay with me.

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