A fine Tuesday to those 5 readers who are checking out my blog today. It’s a good day, a hot day, and my daughter’s 16th birthday. It’s amazing how you have children these creatures grow up right before you, and you don’t even know that it’s happening. Our daughter is a gorgeous young woman, but never seems to realize the full what she could do if she allowed herself the chance. She makes the choice to be attached to her phone and between texting and Snapping and Instagraming and whatever elseing I’m missing, hides from what she could be. She’ll get there, this I have no doubt, but it is a worry of mine.
As I think about what we talked about a lot in class this year, following your passions, I showed both of my daughters this TEDx video:
I drive my wife crazy with beatboxing. I’m a product of 80’s where true hip-hop was born, and I loved the sounds and energy this kind of music could produce. While I’m not one who will go out and purchase much, I have always enjoyed the genre (much to the chagrin of my wife and surprise of my students). However, this is a guy who followed his passion, and is getting paid to do so. My daughter looked at me and say, “Yeah, but he was just annoying when he started!” True. But how many people who are performers didn’t drive someone crazy at one point or another? The point I made to her: if you follow your passions AND get paid, you’ll never have a job, period. That made her think a little bit, then nod in agreement. That’s why I think, in spite of ALL the changes that have taken place, I enjoy what I do so much. I’ve never looked at myself or what I do as a passion, but I’ve never really felt like this was just a job either. “I love what I do and I do what I love” is something I tell my students all the time. Sure, just like everyone else, I wake dreading going to school, but honestly, I cannot imagine doing something else. Well, I could, but that’s coaching, and I get to do that anyway! 🙂
A couple more things:
- Last Monday, I was told that my cancer didn’t seem to have spread, so for the next two years, I have either a CT scan or a chest x-ray every two months. This type of cancer, while not aggressive, has about a 30% reoccurance rate, so vigilance is the key. After those two year, the rate goes down, but I’ll have 10 years of scan before being pronounced cancer free.
- I’ll be “just” an 8th grade teacher next fall, so you 8th grade RLA teachers, I’d love to hear from you. I muddled through my first year, and after I finish another book or two of pleasure reading, I’m going to dive into a couple of books in hopes of making both some reading and writing changes in my room. The problem is, I get 50 minutes for both reading and language arts. Ugh.
- With my surgery last month, my garden suffered, but I do have a few things both purchased and planted. I’ll have some beans (black and green), tomatoes, peppers (red, orange, green, and jalapeno), broccoli, cabbage (red and green), kale, basil, oregano, and hopefully, I’m getting the zucchini and squash planted in the next day or two. It’s a smaller overall garden, but we’ll still produce a lot of stuff!
If you’ve got this far, thank you. I will continue to try to be more regular with my writing. Today is the first day in a couple of weeks I’ve felt good about putting words to the “page”. I hope I can find that groove again!
Enjoy your day! 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm
Lol that video made me laugh so much. Just awesome!
June 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm
I know, right?? But he’s getting paid to do that kind of dorky stuff!! How awesome is that?? 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm
Very awesome lol
June 14, 2016 at 1:16 pm
Glad you are feeling the groove of words again. So many great thoughts to ponder in this post! Happy birthday to your daughter! One day she will put down the device and look you in the eye for a great conversation. Right now, not so much. Follow your passion, key to living a great life. Enjoy the fruits of your gardening labor! I will be jealous when you start to write about the harvest. Congrats on the good news in the health realm. P.S. : bet more than 5 people will read this. 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 11:22 pm
Today was just one of those mind dump kind of things. I don’t always like to do that, but it seemed to fit. 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm
Glad you made it back to this writing community.
I really appreciate what you wrote about your daughter and her potential. I have a cousin who I feel similarly about. I really do have faith, though, that she will find her way in this world. It took me a long time to find mine, but once I did … my life has been beautifully ordinary ever since.
June 14, 2016 at 11:20 pm
She’ll make it (just like your cousin) but it’s lead up to this that’s going to cause what few brown hairs on my head to go gray! 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm
Glad to hear that your cancer hasn’t spread! Great news! Thanks for sharing your thoughts today! 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 11:22 pm
Great news is right. We keep our fingers crossed, keep a really close eye on things, and hope for the best! 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 3:26 pm
Okay. That video? Thanks, I saved it. 🙂 A great reminder to do what you love. Happy Birthday to your daughter! I’m looking at my almost 12 year old as I type that. So these kids, they grow into people or something?
I completely missed your cancer news. I’m thankful it’s not spreading at this time. Cancer sucks. That is all I have to say about that. I hope that yours stays far away.
Your garden sounds great. We love heading out of town to see Mom and Dad at the farm, because it’s like having my own CSA. I would love to try a square foot garden here in the ‘burbs, but we can’t quite figure out bunnies and squirrels yet..
Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier too, I’ll be responding to your thoughts and then shooing my not to little people outside and away from Bike Race-the App. 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 11:19 pm
A few posts and a little fencing and you too could have a little garden of your own. But wait, then you’ll want a few urban chickens to go with, and suddenly, you are your Mom and Dad! Wait, that sounds strangely familiar! 🙂
June 14, 2016 at 9:50 pm
Your voice is calming. Thank you.
You will live through teenagers. I did it 5 times and adult children are awesome. Grandkids are pretty cool, too!
June 14, 2016 at 11:21 pm
One baby step at a time! 🙂 We’ll take one to college in the fall, this one is driving, good grief! Thank you though, I do appreciate your calming comment. That is something I strive for. 🙂
June 15, 2016 at 4:16 am
I loved your collection of thoughts- my mind and writing often goes that way too. Watching our own children not be all that we know that they could be is a challenge, but it is their own journey. Good news about your job, cancer, and garden. I hope you can relax into summer days.
June 20, 2016 at 11:42 am
I’m hoping for a bit of relaxing in the summer too! 🙂