It was a very good day

5:30 – get up, shower, breakfast, out the door

6:45 – arrive at school, observe welcoming ceremony for the official start of Term 1

7:15 –  mobilize the Ministers to help get our first year students to their classrooms and help distribute school supplies. Watch with obscene pride as Ministers organize themselves, anticipate the needs of the people around them, and work together to meet those needs and solve problems in real time

9:15 – teach

10:00 – solve library-related problems

10:55 – teach

12:30 – lunch

1:30 – walk back up the hill to school

2:15 – teach

2:55 – walk home from school, stop in the Dining Hall to take cover from the pouring rain

3:30 – turn off phone, yoga for 1 hour

5:00 – meet student in Library to work on an application for an incredible opportunity that’s due….tonight

6:53 – finish application (it’s perfect! Go us!)

7:00 – stare in disbelief as the computer we are using logs out of the student’s account and won’t let us log back in because it’s past 7 pm

7:01 – call the tech guy and try to problem solve

7:02 – lots of deep breaths

7:03 – accept that there is nothing we can do to log in to the student’s account until tomorrow morning

7:04 – go to dinner

8:00 – meet student to rewrite entire application – this time on my computer where nothing unexpected or unsolvable is likely to happen

8: 44 – finish application (thank God)

8:45 – submit application

8: 47 – have critical conversation with student about how wonderful she is, how great it will be if she wins, and that she should manage her expectations so she won’t be crushed if she isn’t accepted

8:50 – organize one last stack of books, glance over lesson plans for tomorrow, realize that I have literally not stopped moving since 5:30 in the morning. Reflect on how every second of this day was completely jam packed with productive and enjoyable work.  Think about all the perfect faces I saw today, all the hugs and high-fives I gave and received, all the little moments of love in between the tasks of the day. Decide that I’ve done enough for one day, and that I should go to sleep, so I can do it all again tomorrow.

 

It was a very good day.

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