Sunday, January 21, 2018

Celebrating Three New Things


      Celebrating today with Ruth Ayres and others who share. 

         I'm sure that many of you are not ready to celebrate snow (or more snow) but today I woke to our first big snow of all the winter! It's been a strange winter, was 70 degrees last Thursday. Mostly I've been wearing light coats! It is a wonderful thing to have this moisture, and it's supposed to snow all day! 
       Saturday was a warmer day and two things filled my heart. He's off to finish his senior year at Swarthmore but emailed to say he wanted to have some time together before leaving. This is a former student with whom I keep in touch. We had a couple of hours to talk about what he's doing, thinking, what his plans for the rest of the year are and possibly future, too. We exchanged new ideas and book titles along with old memories. It's a beautiful memory added!



      And Saturday night, a party I've written about before! It was time for the FAVORITE THINGS PARTY. One former colleague hosts a gathering of many people from her life, some former colleagues, others from our book group, new ones to meet! We each bring five of our "favorite things", put our names in a drawing, and one by one our names are drawn and we end up taking home five favorite things from others! We ate and talked and laughed and caught up with those we only see this time in the year. One former colleague came from D.C. and it was terrific to catch up and hear about her life and her family. It is joyful to hear from each one to celebrate their favorite things and what they tell about their lives this past year. One is going to have a baby, one is taking time to discover more how to work her counseling degree into her work, two former students that I didn't have but knew, now grown up, came with one's mother. It's a group to celebrate!
       Wishing you and yours a wonderful week ahead full of times to celebrate!

20 comments:

  1. What a great weekend. I can't decide if the meeting with your former student or the favorites party is MY favorite thing that happened to you. The snow? Well, you can keep that :)

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    1. Sorry, according to the weather, I think it's coming your way! Glad there are other 'options' for you, ha! Thanks, Deb!

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  2. One or many people - both get togethers were times well spent. I am happy for you.

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    1. Thanks, Terje. Both are happy times.

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  3. How great! I love the Favorite Things idea!

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    1. It is such fun, Jane. Everyone is sad when it ends and we have to wait another year! Thanks!

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  4. Connecting with former students is so great. I am always so touched by how much they love me. Your picture shows true love. The favorite things sounds like a wonderful idea for a party.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret, it is a joy to re-connect, to learn what's happening in their lives. And the party is simply wonderful.

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  5. What a wonderful connection!
    And the party sounds like a blast!

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    1. It is very fun, Loralee, full of good friends and lots of surprises! Thanks!

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  6. I adore this party idea. As I consider bringing people together, I have tucked this idea away for another time. :) Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope you do have a party, too, Kendra. It's a wonderful time together!

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  7. How fun to spend time with a former student. The party idea sounds really wonderful. Yay for time with others.

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    1. Yes! It was a nice Saturday, Crystal. Thanks!

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  8. A couple of hours to chat with a former student - what fun! I remember reading about the favorite things party last year. There's something special about yearly traditions shared with friends. Congrats on your snow. You were overdue for this!

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    1. Saturday was a wonderful day, and yes, the snow was great on Sunday. The trees and other plants will be happy. Thanks, Ramona.

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  9. Love the picture of you and your former student! What a joy. And the five favorite things party. This is something to do. I must say you have wonderful people in your life. Perhaps that is just who you attract!

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    1. Thanks, Julienne, and yes, I do have wonderful people in my life, and am grateful!

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  10. What a lovely celebration, Linda. The photo of you and the former student -- oh, be still my heart -- it is a wonderful and I'm glad you shared it.
    Hugs,
    Ruth

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    1. Thanks, Ruth, last Saturday was a special day. I so love being connected to former students!

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