Tree Pose

The hours and hours spent on conference calls and training and communication with families yesterday was crazy.
I’m burnt out on a Tuesday.
I think we have one more week of unsettled routines and insane work hours, then I am hoping to hit my groove, along with everyone else.
The NY Board of Regents cancelled the regents exams yesterday and are releasing information today. I’m hoping this relaxes the amount of work and pressure on the kids because I am tired of seeing my girls tied to the computer all day and the added stress of schoolwork compounded by a pandemic, depression over being isolated, and constant fight or flight mode waiting for new assignments being added all day long and into the evening.
I received a message from my friend Alyssa’s daughter yesterday. I told Emily that all of my friends were holding her in their hearts. Last night I heard of another person I know who has died. We are in day 2 of the “the next two weeks will be our Pearl Harbor and 9/11 moment”. I’m really praying it isn’t going to be a death a day of people I know.
I’ve got no idea what Quinn is doing in terms of work. I was in conference calls from 8:15 until 4:30 yesterday. I texted my girls to bring me water. Once again I missed lunch. I dont know how the nurses and doctors are working the hours that they are and the trauma they are experiencing. Every single nurse and doctor should have their college loans wiped clean.
And get a free trip to Disney.
I forced my kids to go outside for a walk with me around 4:30. We all needed to see the sun.
I’m hearing that colleges are now only doing online learning this summer as well. One of my friends who is a professor feels that it will continue to be online learning in the fall. Are colleges not announcing this so parents give down payments and then are stuck? As if having your senior year end like this, having the start of your college up in the air is making it worse. Spending thirteen years for graduation and then having it all end like this…
I didn’t even realize Morgan was upset that her middle school graduation may not happen.
In NY they don’t even want us to go to the grocery store or pharmacy for the next two weeks. They’ve doubled the fine for gathering with others. I remember hearing about this in January and February in China and then in Italy saying I couldn’t even imagine what that would be like.
Remember those days?
I was talking to my mom and said we have to do all we can to find the good parts of the days. Just like the dad in the movie “Life is Beautiful”. My principals send messages every day to the kids, and yesterday gave them a challenge to do a tree pose. I have some kids on my Remind app, and a bunch of other families I have to text separately. I sent them all the picture of my principal and asked them to send me the picture of themselves. All day long I got pictures of my kids and then shared them with the others. It was beautiful and I felt their excitement as more and more sent pictures. I made one big collage of all of us and sent it at the end of the day.

Community and communication is what will help us get through this.
Do what you need to do today to find the good parts and make something special. Either a memory, or a painting, or dance around your house with your loved ones.
Those moments matter.
May we have many more beautiful moments in the days ahead.
In Jesus’s name, amen.



2 thoughts on “Tree Pose

  1. Find the good! And… I’m loving this poem by Mary Oliver called PRAYING

    It doesn’t have to be
    the blue iris. It could be
    weeds in a vacant lot , or a few
    small stones;
    just pay attention, then patch

    a few words together and don’t try
    to make them elaborate, this isn’t
    a contest, but the doorway

    into thanks and a silence into which
    another voice may speak .

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