Today I am grateful for the way I get to spend my holiday with others. For my mother’s celebration of life party three years ago I found an idea for a special memento to gift to others. I decided to alter the gift a little and pass it out to my coworkers for Hanukkah. I purchased small heart charms and made an envelope with a poem I adapted to hold them.
In memory of one who lit up your world.
Put this charm in a pocket, purse, or just lay it down and forget it.
When you think of a loved one and think of light they’ll always be there day or night
A candle flickers out of sight,
But in your heart, they still burn bright.
Whenever you run across the heart remember the light your loved one shined on you.
I have a few heart charms in my home right now. When I rediscover them I pick them up and move them to wherever I am going in my house to be rediscovered at a later date.
It makes me grateful sharing with my staff members. I like to make connections to those whom I spend so much time with. I recently had a conversation with a fellow long-timer about how we came to this school so many years ago. We were early in our careers and knew we had a long time to make connections. Now as we approach retirement, we remember those who have retired before us and gone on to have very fulfilling new experiences.
I am grateful for a busy successful day at work today. I accomplished all I wanted to, I graded all my assignments, and I prepared for my lesson tomorrow. The kids were absolutely frenzied as it rained hard all day. Middle school kids and rain are a perfect match for playful insanity. They scream when they go outside and see the rain. They run from class to class in the rain instead of under the provided covering. They try their best to find every puddle they can and then jump in them. I am grateful some things never change.
I had planned on staying late at work today as my spouse had scheduled a meeting with a friend of his after school. However, by the time the bell rang at the end of the day it was pouring hard and I knew the longer I stayed the worse traffic would be on my way home. I ran to my car and made my way home. The line of traffic to get in to my school was backed up to the point that traffic was stopped up at a light and cars were honking away. I am glad I left when I did.
I am grateful that I received numerous books I ordered in the mail today. A few are replacements for ones that “disappeared” when my guest left my home. A couple are gifts for others. One is a new book I found for my grand child.
How can you not want to look at a Magritt inspired cover. The story just appealed to me. The setting is the 1970’s suburban life. The characters are the only Jewish kids in their community. While my grand kids are Christians, I believe they will understand and enjoy this book.
I am grateful for the posts of friends and family celebrating Hanukkah. A song I had never heard was shared with me today. Hanukkah song
The fifth night is the light of holiness, purity of thought, nobility of action. “Make all of life sacred.” From the prophet Isaiah. These words have been taken into Israel’s prayer book. “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts.”
I am grateful for the time spent soaking in a very hot tub today. The cold weather aggravates my fibromyalgia. My body feels like someone has been hitting me with a rolling pin. An Epsom salt bath gives a little relief. After a long soak I started the task of going through all my deliveries. Of course as soon as I settled under some blankets on the sofa the door bell rang with yet another delivery, this time it was for my spouse.
Dinner was had and I was grateful to be ready to spend my Thursday evening watching my favorite TV shows. I snuggled under my quilt on the sofa enjoying my hot chocolate. I reclined the seat and in mere moments I fell asleep. I awoke at 10 having missed all my shows. I went downstairs to sleep in the comfort of my bed. I fell asleep with little Annie shnurfing beside me. Sadly I awoke at 11:30 unable to go back to dreamland.
So, grateful for the sleep I did get, I came upstairs to finish my blog. It is doubtful I will get back to sleep any time soon so I am grateful that I can come upstairs and surf my computer.
Happy Hanukkah to all.
Happy 5th Night