Good Morning, Everyone.
If we were having coffee together, I would have to offer you a quick Keurig cup of Pacific Black. I had a hard time finding the time and energy to get any writing done this week. Time is tight.
The week was incredibly busy in Kindergarten. Prepping Halloween festivities, completing assessments, and planning reading and math around all of the excitement while managing behavior and demands has been the challenge. I am loving this year, but I come home exhausted. This week, I also fit in facilitating journaling workshops and attending cancer education conferences. Although I did not sell many books, I met incredible people and made some interesting connections. I am hoping to make my Journaling the Journey Workshop a regular gig. There are a few points and practices to work out. We’ll see where it takes me.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you the days are cooler, and it is time to get the boats tucked in for their winter’s nap. Matt and I got the Sunfish off the beach and loaded into the truck. A small disaster ensued when the rope, that has been in the truck for years, broke. The hull, sail bag, and mast fell out of the truck bed onto the road just before the train tracks. And yes, the train was about ready to leave the station. No damage—at least none I can see right now. We need to get new ropes before retrieving the Hobie Kayak from the beach. The Bella Vela and Power Cat need to be hauled. That takes a bit more planning, coordinating and hoping that the weather cooperates. There may be one last sail or boat ride before we absolutely have to get them out.
If we were having coffee together, I would let you know that the current news saddens me. It is bad enough that the airwaves and television ads reek of anger and finger-pointing rhetoric as the upcoming elections near. This week’s bombs, threats against humanity, and a massacre at a place of worship frightens us as it shakes the core of our democracy. It also punctuates that there are people suffering from their demons and believe violence is the solution. These people are our neighbors, our colleagues, and friends. Even my little elementary school, in my quiet little hamlet, had to invest in security doors, communication systems, cameras inside and outside the building and a security guard. It is a sad state of normal.
If we were having coffee together, I would end here. There is a list of chores that should get done before Monday, and it is already Sunday morning. Pray for peace, my friends, and hug everyone you know.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.