Consider it Pure Joy

Day’s Verse:
“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”
Matthew 5:5

Good things that have happened this week:

  • We got some incredibly delicious corn in our CSA box, and we recognize everything else. And it’s not all squashes. We actually got some lettuce, amazingly. Anybody want radishes? That’s one thing I just really do not like.
  • Work! I taught my final CPPW class on Tuesday and Wednesday for three male PE teachers. They actually proved more interactive, engaged, and willing to participate than some of the previous PE teachers I’ve worked with lately. I felt that overall, the class went quite well. When they left, one was talking about getting a bike and riding more, and all of them seemed pretty confident about teaching the bike/ped PE unit to their 5th grade students.

    One thing I love about doing this is that when the teachers arrive on Day 1, they’re really skeptical. They cannot imagine how they’ll teach this unit, and odds are they don’t really want to do it anyway — it’s a big time commitment, logistical nightmare, tons of extra prep, and (for the many teachers who haven’t even ridden a bike in years) outside of their area of expertise. By the end of Day 2, they’re enthusiastically talking with each other about details of how to make it happen. They have done all the pedestrian exercises; learned a huge amount about traffic principles and bicycling basics; actually taught and ridden through the bike drills, and done a road ride; and spent some time familiarizing themselves with the curriculum. The road ride really builds confidence. Almost every time, one of the non-cyclists leaves talking about getting a bike.

  • Got together with some ladies from church on Monday. I was hesitant, knowing I had to get up early the next morning to get to Seatac early, but it turned out really pleasant and great for getting to know the ladies a little better. They have some really interesting hobbies. None of us was having the best day, but I felt better when I left than I did when I arrived (and I think the other ladies may have felt the same way), which is exactly what community is for.
  • I bought almost $400 worth of dirt and rocks yesterday. Our rain garden is happening! We’re committed now, since starting Friday we’ll have a huge pile of dirt in our driveway, and we’ll have to deal with it before we can use the garage again. Now all we have to do is dig a French drain and large pond, mix the dirt right, and purchase and plant a bunch of the right kinds of plants. Simple!
  • I got to go for a fun bike ride with Dad yesterday evening, and I’m meeting up with friends for an easy conversational ride today. I like having no real goals beyond having fun on my bike.

In conclusion, I leave you with three videos of my awesome mother teaching. I wish I’d gotten to learn this way.