On Friday mornings I spend time reflecting on the joy that I found during the week. One of my goals in 2020 was to take more pictures of the little moments – I share them here each week to keep me accountable. This week? The beauty (hassle?) of leaves in late fall and a fun science experiment.
Last Friday I wrote about how the promise of a science experiment keeps Bear motivated with his school work. That’s continued to be true during week 9 of Blackberry Bluff School! Friends, this oobleck (1 cup water, 2 cups corn starch, and food coloring) kept them busy for quite a while. And we got a nice lesson on how fluids change viscosity under stress. Sounds impressive, right? Bear is tolerating more and more time at the table with a pencil in his hand — every week we add a little bit more. It’s wonderful (and a relief). Dance parties also help. (And not a single argument or meltdown in weeks and weeks. How can that be?)
I cut my thumb earlier this week and it’s been hard to do much with my hands so I haven’t really been sewing or knitting. I’m reframing it as an opportunity for rest and it’s been lovely. Still — I hope to get back to my hexies tonight because I miss having that project in my lap.
Good Things to Share:
- This week’s episode of The Next Right Thing was amazing – again. It was all about personal reflection. I loved hearing how Emily makes reflections a regular part of her life and found that I do many of the same things. For instance, these Friday Cozies posts are a good effort at reflecting weekly on the things that have brought me joy. My favorite quote from her this week: “our daily decisions are actually making our lives.” I’m planning to re-listen when I can guarantee a quiet house (and she laughed and laughed and laughed).
- Sharon Salzberg was the On Being guest this week. The episode is titled Shelter for the Heart and Mind. Salzberg “teaches how to stay present to the world while learning kindness toward yourself.” Now – doesn’t that seem like a skill that could benefit us all?
- News of the World by Paulette Jiles is being turned into a movie with Tom Hanks! This book was one of my favorites when I read it last year and Tom Hanks is an American Treasure – he will be perfect in this role.
- My 2021 Word of the Year has been calling to me since August. Lately, the calls are getting louder; it’s waving at me every time I turn around. I hope to write its introduction post in the next couple of weeks. I know, I know — it will only be November. But why ignore something that’s so insistent?
I hope you all are able to get some rest this weekend – we’re going to need it in order to face the election next week. I might be back on Sunday with a poem. If not, then I will definitely plan to see you on Monday with another reflection post – all about my habits!