Today, I worked on lesson plans for my final project with my 8th grade students at the middle school where I am student teaching. This week I began my final quarter and the countdown toward my graduation in June from the MAT Program-Art Education at Southern Oregon University.
Today, I grieved the loss of my friend Jerry at the end of December, and the loss of my real ‘Mom’, Christine, five weeks ago in Kansas City.
Today, I questioned what is happening in my life. This is because two weeks ago, ?my 49-year-old sister was diagnosed with a severe and advanced cancer, which went from 0-200 in 8 seconds flat. The prognosis is not good.
Today I wondered, as I have every day for the past two weeks, how I can finish this MAT Program with so much grief wrapping me up like a black cocoon.
Today, I did what I have done everyday for the past three months and for the last twelve.?I mostly did what I set out to do.
Today, I thought of my amazing 8th-graders.?I planned for them – to offer some joy and fun to their lives in the art class.
Today, I booked a flight to go see my very ill sister.
Today, I painted small examples of watercolor techniques to show my students.
Today, I laughed many times with my sisters on the phone.
Today, I walked with my dog – and prayed a lot. And then I pet him and cried.