It is Saturday morning and the wonderful smells that go with Saturday morning are in full swing! ….cinnamon Rolls, scrambled eggs, sausage and coffee… mmm
Yesterday we went on one of the biggest field trips of the third grade year! We went to the Nashville Zoo!! Yes! We chartered a bus and headed up north. Charting a bus may not seem like a big deal…but let me tell you it IS! Imagine a BUS….with a BATHROOM! Now, that is a huge deal to a third grader! Yesterday morning we loaded up 41 giddy students … armed with cameras, sunglasses, water bottles and sunscreen on a bus fit for a rock star!
Now, having an Acoustic Neuroma…really does not mix well with a bus load of chatty students… plus the HUM of the bus would have driven me APE! I would have been climbing the walls. So, I climbed in a van full of 5 other women. They, of course, were the sweet moms who agreed to go and chaperone. ((They are my heroes! They are what make these kinds of trips so successful! We had so many moms and dads who went! We were so blessed!)) After we were on the way and headed toward the interstate…. I could finally breathe a sigh of relief…we all had lunches…we were all on time…and all was WELL!
WELL, I was feeling sad as I knew what being on that bus was like from previous years…! I love to share the experience of it all with my students. As I watched the bus ahead of me….instead of privately pouting… I decided to join where I was and enjoy the ride! Yes, I missed out on the bus, but I gained sweet conversations with 5 other women! We talked about everything it seemed! There were sweet stories of LIFE! ~ tender stories of motherhood, adoption, love of family….there was laughing and tears… wahhh Lahhhh …we even had blueberry muffins!
There have been a few things I have had to excuse myself from…just because … it is just too much. I have had to tell my family “no” to going with them to a movie…sat outside the door for praise and worship time at church…sat outside the door for chapel at school…excused myself for “talk” time in the lunch room…. etc..But , I have found it is all in perspective. I could focus on what I don’t have…. or I could live in the moment and focus what I do have!
I have to remember… my attitude is everything! ~ I love the saying….
” A BAD attitude is like a flat tire.. you will not get anywhere unless you change it.”
I really want to live victoriously through this storm… and I can’t.. unless I keep my focus on NOT…. what I will be MISSing …., but, FOCUS on what I will be GAINing!