Yesterday, I was the fortunate recipient of many gifts. Some teachers get tons (and large gifts). I always remark that I need more dry erase markers (for the kids to use no less) and a good pencil sharpener. I am not a good gift receiver. For lack of a better term, it feels vainglorious. It’s like using student gifts to show popularity. I’m going to be honest, I’m only popular with my students AFTER they’ve had me as a teacher. However, a brave few are kind enough to gift me with whatever they think I’ll like. Nice thing is, they ALWAYS get me things that I like. 🙂 I had some who told me they forgot the gift or that someone would bring it later. That’s OK too. It’s not a requirement; it’s a kindness.
However, the whole process got me to thinking about blessings. I figure it’s an affront to living a good life if you don’t recognize them. If I were religious, I’d say it’s an affront to God not to note when you’re blessed. However, I’m not so I don’t.
Here are the things I know are blessings in my life right now.
- I have GREAT students
- I am lucky to have a thoughtful colleague-friend who is going to coach me
- I have a good principal who works very hard and cares about every aspect of the school
- My mom listens to me complain
- I have AMAZING friends
- My husband loves me and is a great life partner
- My son is amazingly funny and brilliant. He calculated the “12 Days of Christmas” problem, without lyrics or help, and told me how he did it.
- I have a roof over my head that’s well on its way to being completely paid off in a nice neighborhood with “good” schools
- My neighbor Alice is fabulous
- I have a job that emphasizes reflection, which I’m good at
- I am healthy
- I have more that I need
- I live with the best example of community-minded Christianity, even when I’m not following his example, I know I should
- I have the surplus right now (cause I haven’t gone AWOL and let my emotions make key decisions) to be able to give $250 to support our music program at school
- I have some excellent room parents who make learning better and who teach me to be a better teacher
- I have leisure time and the ability to observe the Sabbath
Happy, Merry Whatchamacelebrate. May your blessings be many this holy season.