Reasons Why I’m Happy

A) Jack has been really happy this week, mostly. 

B) Dutch didn’t have to go out of town for work.

C) I am at the end of my first semester back at teaching college writing and I survived it. 

D) I have a bank of lessons and experiences to draw from for next semester and beyond.

E) I have the best students ever and I love them. 

F) Some of my students asked me how old I am. It went like this

      Me: “How old do you think I am?”

      Them: “25? Except you said you’ve been married for 18 years. How is that even possible?”

      Me: “I HAVE been married for 18 years and I have a 14-year-old. You’re funny. I got married when I was 20.”

     Them: “So you’re 38 and rocking it.”

      Me: “Hahahahaha. I love you guys.”

G) Dutch and I went on a walk in the winter dark tonight, with ample layers to keep warm and a giant flashlight (because Jeff + flashlights = true love).

H) It was cold, but not too cold, and our feet crunched over the snow. It felt nice not letting winter suck the life out of me. Moving and teaching and living with contented children feels like victory.


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