Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Friday, December 18, 2009


Today was a day of highs and lows. We had a holiday assembly this morning which was lovely, but it made the rest of the day very tough. The kids were shocked we were actually teaching the rest of the day. They were expected to work. We had a number of student issues that resulted in in-school and out-of-school suspensions. We had tears and drama. By the end of the day I was whipped. Then my friend who has lung cancer gave me my Christmas gift and I could barely make it to my other friend's room before dissolving in tears. I am so afraid of losing this wonderful woman to cancer. She has been my mentor and friend throughout my teaching career and I'm so afraid.

My friend L and I went to dinner for our Christmas exchange and had a lovely, relaxing time. We split a bottle of red wine and talked and ate and then we came back to my house to talk some more. She loved the Bella mittens I made her and the brown Fetching mitts, and I love my large bottle of Tia Maria, something I love but never buy for myself.

Meanwhile my poor husband is driving S home through bad weather and bad traffic. They've been on the road since 3, should have been here by 6, and although it's nearly 10, he said it'll be another hour at least.

My daughter in Blacksburg is snowed in with a bladder infection she was too busy to take care of this week, after spending six hours in the car getting nowhere due to the snow. So now she's back in her apartment with her father and her roommate, not sure when she'll get home. And I'm hoping she doesn't have a lot of pain from the infection she should have already gotten medication for.

If this all sounds incoherent, it's because I am. Incoherent. Stressed. It will be better tomorrow. Right?


  1. I can vouch for the misery of urinary tract issues. I hope she gets looked at, soon.

    Students always have a little drama around the holidays, don't they? Hopefully, by the time you get back in January, all will be settled.

    I'm sorry about your friend, Rose. I hope she fares well--and you, too. It's hard to lose a friend (they're the families we choose). If you need information about how to help your friend, or how to cope, just email me. I have lots of suggestions to help you through this time.


    And just to make you laugh a bit, every single time I sign out with "hugs", I write Jugs. I always have to fix it, but I wonder how many times it's slipped past me.

    My sister's husband got stuck at the bottom of their mountain and had to walk up to the house in all that snow. They're thrilled. You will be too when all your chicks are home.


  2. I hope everyone is safe. I woke up to the news and all I can say is, WOW!

  3. Wishing you a peaceful weekend - with a bit of calming knitting time. It sounds like you need it. Hope your family gets home safely. Snow is only beautiful when we have nowhere to go.