What surprised me yesterday?
I got home late last night, later than I usually go to sleep, and as the headlights from my car flashed into the garage, five feral cats went scattering in every direction–my beloved Clothilde, the very pregnant black mama cat from across the street (she waddled more than scattered), her nearly grown kittens Cinnamon and Chloe 2, and a cat so new to us he doesn’t have a name yet. (He has a stumpy tail, so we’ve been calling him Stumpy and you know this is how pets get bad names. You call them Puppy just until you think of something better, and fourteen years later, your dog is still named Puppy. Real life example from my own real life.) By the time I come outside to feed them in the morning, whoever overnights in the heated shelters in our garage is usually gone, so I didn’t know how much the cat shelters are being used. Quite a lot, it turns out.
What touched my heart yesterday?
There was a fight in the parking lot after school. I don’t get in the middle of fights: we have staff who are trained and experienced in handling kids who are fighting, and I would be of no help whatsoever. I was still outside on parking lot duty, however, when one of my students saw me and tried to usher me back to the building. “No, no, no, Miss E, there’s fighting out here, and you don’t need to see that. We gotta keep you safe inside.” There were plenty of adults present, and they didn’t need me, so I stepped back inside (where there were also students to supervise). I was amused–and quite touched.
What inspired me today?
I broke my steadfast rule of saying no to after-school events (home directly and lots of rest is the way I’m making it through this year) to chaperone a small group of students who had been invited to participate in a youth panel and discussion with Dr. Ibram Kendi. The students had thoughtful, urgent questions, and Dr. Kendi’s answers covered such a range and depth of knowledge, showed such wisdom and care. It was worth breaking all the rules–even on a Monday!–for this event.
My theme for Slice of Life 2022 is finding inspiration in the writing of others. Each day I plan to find my slice in someone else’s words or forms. Today’s form comes from Monday Musings at Peace Be the Journey.