Monday, September 26, 2016

12:34 September 26

Today, I had my six-month check-up with my medical oncology team. I found out that the surveillance breast MRI that I had last week was totally normal. I'm otherwise in good health. It's a reprieve that lasts six months. I'm grateful for today.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

12:34 September 25

Yesterday, I got to join Tobin on a Saturday field trip of architecture downtown. Two of his teachers organized it for 5 students identified to participate in in a special math program.

We finished the trip by being treated to ice cream by Tobin's teacher. I'm pretty sure I never attended a Saturday field trip with my teacher, but I'm sure my 5th grade teacher (whom I loved) never treated me and my friends to ice cream. I'm thankful for our children's teachers and the key influence they wield on our kids' lives.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

12:34 September 24

Since moving to northern Durham, we've played with a certain rec soccer league for three fall seasons. This is our second year playing all three kids. Apparently, we are unusual because we have three kids playing in three different age groups. The league was a little delayed in getting the boys' full schedules out, so when they did earlier this week and I plugged the games into our calendar, I saw three Saturdays when all three kids had simultaneous games at three different locations. Discouraged, I wrote an email to the league coordinators explaining that it was impossible for us to be three places at one time--on three different occasions, no less. In writing my email, I tried my best to be reasonable and respectful of the difficult job they had coordinating with limited time and space.

I had no idea what to expect and was already going through a mental list of our kid-free friends who might be able to take a Smith kid to a soccer game (all games are at 9am and 10am, so not the most appealing volunteer schedule for a Saturday morning), but the league pleasantly surprised me by responding quickly. They switched Lauren's game to the earlier slot for this morning. And they're working on the other two dates. I responded with gratitude-laden emails.

This experience made me thankful for lessons I've learned and tried to put into practice, especially in the past year: assume everyone is doing their best; there's no harm in asking for what you need; and kindness is always the best place to start. While it's also true that I don't always live up to these ideals and that things don't always fall into place as neatly as I like, I can be grateful for pleasant surprises. I'm also musing over Lauren playing "up" on Evan's team next season to ease some of our logistical concerns.

Friday, September 23, 2016

12:34 September 23

I'm thankful for people who seek justice and show mercy, even at the ends of weeks when it feels like we struggle as a people to do either with meaningful consistency.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

12:34 September 22

Evan is back at school today after staying home with an earache yesterday. I'm thankful for antibiotics and Ibuprofen and my silly, sweet boy feeling better again.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

12:34 September 21

Evan stayed home from school today. I got a text from Allison that, before leaving for the doctor's office, Evan was playing the piano and singing loudly. I remember learning to play on the same piano, and I remember my dad and grandmother playing it, too.

I'm thankful for the timelessness of music, and Evan's independent musical enthusiasm. I'm also grateful to have such a tangible link to people no longer with us, but still with us.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

12:34 September 20

I am thankful for an encouraging email, a phone call from my sister and sweet texts from Matt on an otherwise stressful day.