1. My husband- who has stuck by me no matter what whackiness I’ve gotten him into. I’m remembering the unfortunate dining room wallpapering in our first house. … right out of the Three Stooges.
2. My son who has always made me proud and who keeps me from taking myself too seriously.
3. My parents and grandparents. I learned it’s easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar. That a person’s reputation is worth more than gold. And that you need to work hard in this world.
4. My tolerant siblings who don’t take their B.S. too seriously.
5. The teachers and administrators I’ve had the privilege of working for and with. I have learned so much every single day of my career. And I’m still learning 23 years later.
6. Health care. It stinks that it takes a chunk of change to have medical peace of mind, but the health care I’ve received especially when things were quite scary has always been compassionate, caring, and just the right thing. Dr. Evjy, if you ever see this blog — I wouldn’t be here today without your expertise 20 years ago.
7. A roof over my head and food on the table. Working with children who come to school hungry or who don’t have a home to go to makes my heart ache. We may be doing more with less in this house, but we are not hungry and have a roof over our heads, and a beautiful one at that.
8. The students I’ve gotten to know over the last 23 years. You may think I have forgotten you, but I really never have. A piece of you stays with me every day.
9. Stars in the sky. There is something about the constellations and the night sky that makes me realize what a powerfully beautiful universe we live in.
10. A day to remember how truly blessed my life has been.