I’m not dead. I’ve just been trying to figure out how to juggle everything these days. I just started back to teaching preschool, and it’s the first year since Lucy was born that I am working full time. It’s a lot to figure out, this new schedule. Then, we had a great surprise just hours after Lucy got home from her first day of kindergarten, when we were contacted by the French immersion charter school (read: free!) in our neighborhood and were told that they had an opening for Lucy. We had been on the waiting list since April and had pretty much given up all hope that she would get in – and wouldn’t you know she did – right after getting home from an excellent first day elsewhere! I was an emotional basket case last week, starting with her first day of kindergarten, and then immediately deciding to pull her to start her in a different school and having to explain all of this to her. It wasn’t something that we decided overnight. We mulled over it all summer long, ultimately thinking we would never really have to make the choice. We picked a wonderful Catholic grade school in our neighborhood…one that I hated to leave, but in the end it came down to a financial decision. So, in the midst of all of that, I started teaching full time and also decided to take a short trip to upstate New York to surprise my aunt for her 50th birthday party. When I planned that trip, I had no idea of the week I would have had just before! It was a great get away – perhaps at just the right time!
My point is that it’s been a crazy few weeks in the W house. But we keep going as we always do. I just haven’t had the time or the energy lately to keep up with writing. I can tell a difference in myself when that is the case, and I know I am a better person for taking a few minutes out of every day to write, no matter where my writing takes me. I have a few stories I want to share, including something that happened to me on the flight back to Kansas City yesterday afternoon. I will do that when things calm down a bit. In the meantime, I just wanted to say hello.