I’ve been in a funk lately…feeling a bit melancholy…missing days gone by. Honestly, these phases are brief and infrequent. But, they do occur and there’s usually a trigger of some kind. This time it was spring break.
Spring break for area schools is always the first full week of April. Unless you have kids in school or work in a school setting, this particular week is not unlike others. For my family of four it often meant a long road trip down to a barrier island along the Florida Panhandle. It became a tradition. Sometimes we vacationed with family friends. We made sure we shared our love of the place with our exchange students. We “adopted” teen friends for the week.
Many images of these trips have been flashing through my mind…
Interstate traffic. Driving through the night. Looking for familiar vehicles headed south. Breakfast at IHOP in Dotham, AL (same waitress three years straight). Piggly Wiggly. St. George Island Bridge. House rental (among them Odyssea, Key West House, Snail’s Pace). Empty beaches. Sunscreen. Shoreline fishing. Sting rays. Dolphins. Sand fleas. Boogie boards. Reading. Biking. Rollerblading. Aunt Ebby’s ice cream. Games. Puzzles. Excursions to Apalachicola. Tupelo honey. The Grille. Shrimp. Two Gulls Gifts. Blue Parrot Café. Island Emporium.
I am thankful for all of the fabulous memories I have of our past family trips to St. George Island.
This was my second spring break since both kids left for college. Sadly, college spring breaks do not coincide with that of our public school. Last year, I carried on at home while my husband worked. This year we tossed around several options, but decided to head to a new destination in Florida. My in-laws just bought a small place in a retirement community further south. They plan to spend the winter months in this location.
We arrived last Saturday in time for lunch. I had every intention of posting my Ten Things of Thankful that evening. However, extenuating circumstances made it difficult and I decided to let it go (which was not easy for me to do!).
So, I’m going to combine the last two weeks into this list.
It’s always a relief to have my 4th and 5th grade puberty classes behind me. As a school nurse, these lessons are among my various responsibilities. I finished them up right before spring break. My limited classroom experiences make me ever so grateful for school teachers!
I appreciate my faith community’s commitment to providing financial assistance to college students who choose to attend a denomination-affiliated school. Many of these schools have a matching grant. It adds up to a couple thousand a semester! I’m on the committee that helps distribute these funds and I’ve been working on students’ requests.
I am thankful that we experienced very little rain and no severe weather on our 18-hour trek south. Over the years, we’ve encountered tornado warnings and torrential downpours. I find driving the winding and, at times, steep roads of Tennessee challenging enough at night.
I won a pair of ThinOptics reading glasses and carrying case in a giveaway sponsored by Sheryl Kraft of My So-Called Midlife. It’s been too long since I’ve won anything! I can’t wait for them to arrive!
I am thankful for my earplugs, donut neck pillow and the Active Life seat cushion. They helped me survive the long hours in the car.
I am thankful for the hospitality offered by my in-laws (to us and our dog!) and other relatives we visited on our trip.
I am thankful for the warmer Indiana temperatures! I returned to find new growth in my flower beds and buds on my lilac bush! This afternoon, I spent 30 minutes scooping up dog poo and then I went for a 45-minute walk.
I am thankful for two full days at home before starting back to school. I am unpacked. The laundry is done. My car is clean inside and out!
I can be thankful in spite of my funk. What thankfuls spring to your mind?