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Daily Prompt: Present– Take time to live in the Present

So much of life is spent looking forward or backwards. We look at where we have come and where we are going. We like to remember our kids when they were little and wonder about what the future holds for them.

But, life isn’t lived in the past or the future… it is lived in the present. We need to look at each moment as if it is a gift… a present.

Yesterday we spent the day running errands. We needed to go to Costco while we were there we ordered Colby a new pair of glasses. The pair he had we hard already replaced and it broke again in the same place. We decided that this was an issue of the glasses being too small for his head. My 9 year old needs adult sized glasses (he already has been wearing an adult bike helmet and baseball hats for the last few years). We also went to Famous Footwear to get the boys new sneakers.

When we got home from our chores it has started to snow. Last week we had a few days in the 60s and yesterday it snowed! They had predicted 1-3″ of snow. We decided after dinner since it had already snowed 1.5″ to go out and shovel the driveway. At least the driveway didn’t have as much snow since it wasn’t accumulating there as long.

While we were out shoveling the boys were riding their snow scooters, making snowmen and having fun. I decided to throw a snowball at both the boys and that was how it all started. The four of us had a snowball fight. We all made snowmen. Richard was making them on the tonneau cover of his truck. We tossed snowballs to Dixie. We didn’t think… we just lived.

We all laughed. We had a few tears. We lived. We were present in the present. There was no planning. There was no thinking about what was or what could be, there was just who am I going to throw this snowball at? Who can make a snowman that looks like a snowman? Who can make the most? Who can make the tallest?

We ended up having to run the shovels over the driveway one more time more to get rid of all the snow we threw at each other, but we didn’t care.

We had fun as a family. It wasn’t planned. It wasn’t expected. It just happened. And that is living in the present.

via Daily Prompt: Present

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Daily Prompt: Irrelevant– changes in seasons

When I lived in Orlando, the changing of seasons was totally Irrelevant. When I first moved to FL, it really hit me how little the seasons change there. September is actually one of the hottest months.

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Most Floridians joke either that we have 2 seasons Summer and Almost Summer. Or we talk about Summer, Football Season, Holiday Season and Hurricane Season.

As a teacher I always found it strange to teach about the seasons in Florida… it is so irreverent to the student lives. Yes, I know they should know that the seasons change, but do they care that there are places where the leaves fall off the trees? Do they need to learn about the cycle of snow?

When I taught kindergarten in MA, the changing of the seasons was such a big deal because it was relevant to the lives of the children.

This year my children are experiencing the changing of the seasons for the first time in their lives. The are getting to see the trees change color and leaves fall to the ground. They will wear jeans, long sleeves and sweatshirts to school more than 2 weeks in the whole school year. They will see what it is like when the snow begins to fall. They will need to wear hats and gloves, winter jackets and hope to stay warm at the bus stop. They will experience the true meaning of these seasons.

So for the first time in their lives understanding the changing of seasons will be relevant. And this will make it fun. Happy Autumn!

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Tentative

Every day The Daily Post provides a daily prompt. Every day I look at the prompt and think… “hmmm should I post about this prompt?” “How would I take this prompt and turn it into something that works for my blog?” “Is this the one that I will use to jump into the daily prompt group?”

You could say I’ve been tentative, uncertain, undecided. I typically jump into things with both feet and just say I’ll make it work. I’ll figure out a way to make it work for me. But, I didn’t with this concept. I think I was concerned it would take over my blog. That I would feel the need to post on the daily prompt daily or at least on a regular basis. But, that isn’t the point of this. Yes, I’m sure there are people who do use it daily or weekly or whatever. The point it is to give you a direction on a time you are stuck. It is a way to make you think about a topic/work/prompt that could push a post in one direction or another.

So, will I continue to be tentative about this? Maybe or I can look at the other meaning of tentative meaning not set in stone. I could look and say I can tentatively state that I’ll try to post on the daily post once every few weeks. I could look and say that when a prompt hits me in the right way I’ll use it.

But, I won’t be tentative on writing when I find the right post, because now I’ve jumped into this pool. I’ve determined that I can make it work for me. ¬†When and if I want knowing that the date/time/week/month/ and if of posting again is now tentative!

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