Today was a perfect day. Not because it was perfect but because I wanted it to be. So much of what we are is how we think, our mindset. To cap off this beautiful day I’m sitting in a lawn chair outside of my townhouse. There is a slight breeze with a bit of chill to it but it is still warm enough. The crickets are chirping and the leaves are blowing. It is May in Dover, finally.
I came into 2018 with the best of intentions. It was a new beginning in so many ways. Life has a funny way of reminding you the battles aren’t over. Some of those skirmishes are tougher than others. This year’s were tougher than others for some reason. Those who know me best know how close this one hit. I could let it knock me down and shatter me. That would be very easy to do. But that’s just not who I am. Everything happens for a reason and it is hard to explain that sometimes. When the blood is on the field it is hard to show someone a better tomorrow.
Tonight, I am at peace. It is a beautiful night. A pizza is on the way which I have relished for some time now. An episode of The Americans is waiting for me on the DVR. I cherish the memories I had today with my son. We had some really good father-son chats. Both of us had more smiles on our faces today than I’ve seen in a long time. Tomorrow is a new day. It might not be as perfect as today, but that’s okay.
I see some of my friends and the struggles they are going through. I wish I could take their pain and anxiety away. Their battles are just as real as my own. I pray they have days like today. They deserve it. I want them to be happy.
I heard a new song by the band called Blue October the other day. Their singer always sings from his soul. I’ve read a bit about this singer over the years and I know he has gone through many wars.
Just some random thoughts coalescing into a blog post here. A thought purge.
There will be days when you’re falling down
There will be days when you’re inside out
There will be days when you fall apart
Someone else will break you heart
They’re never gonna hold you back
I’m always gonna have your back
So try to remember that
I hope you’re happy
I hope you’re good
I hope you get what you wish for
And you’re well understood
After I listened to that song, I put my music on a random shuffle. A new song by a band called Lord Huron came on. They are an indie band. The singer reminds me of Jackson Browne. “When The Night Is Over”.
I feel the weather change
I hear the river say your name
I watch the birds fly by
I see an emerald in the sky
These posts never get a lot of hits. I’ve been slowing down on here. I was actually talking to someone about that today, about how you can only write about the same things over and over again. Legislators, administrators, and charters, oh my! Things have been quiet as well. No earth shattering news like there has been in years past. I’ve been spending a lot of time helping parents with their own special education issues for their kids. Sidebar conversations. I still want to be an advocate for parents at IEP meetings and when they have issues going on with schools. So helping out parents has been very helpful in that regard. It forces me to learn more. You can never know everything. The reality is this: things are chaotic out there. Things that make me shake my head in disbelief. Things that should be absolute no-brainers. It is picking up at an alarming pace.
We all need to recharge our batteries from time to time. There are some ticking time-bombs I’ll write about soon enough.