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I’ve heard that the holidays can be tough on people and this year I am kind of experiencing it a bit myself. I've been buried in my work and when the bell rings today I will go home and begin my holiday.

While many have big family reunions, at our house it is a small celebration with my husband and our pups. I've loved the fact that it's always us in a new location or traveling seeing something new. But this year as I am back in LA, I couldn't help but feel a little empty.

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This year I turned 42 and it has become more evident that I will not be having any kids. I’ve been coming to terms with this fact for some time but it is still a tough pill to swallow. I am comforted by that fact that I teach and have taught many kids over the years and that for a semester or two I have felt them to be my own.



Sure, I am not feeding them, paying for their college and dealing with them at home but I feel connected to them in many ways. This fall I am teaching at an all girl school in LA and I had my kiddos do little leaves and acorns telling me 5 things for which they are grateful. It felt a little elementary school like ( I teach high school) but sometimes you have to go back to that inner child and take a moment to color, decorate and express gratitude. Especially when you are feeling down.



I am not one to quote scripture but I ran across this today:

“A man must be content to receive the gift which is given him from heaven; there is no other source.”
—John 3:27

So I will accept the gifts that have been given to me and continue to embrace this holiday season with gratitude.

Wisiing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

2 comments

SuzyMcQ said...

A happy holiday to you, your husband and pups as well.

I have two college-age children and I can not begin to tell you how important many of their teachers have been and how they continue to be a strong influence in their lives. They taught them so much more than subject matter and they are both great students, but, more importantly good, good young people because of the life lessons and support they received from their educators.

Thank you for all the good work you do for so many young students. Probably much, much more than you could ever imagine.

sealaura said...

Thank you @SuzyMcQ I really appreciate your kind words.