As I go into week two of Shimelle's online class Learn Something New Every Day, I find myself reviewing my day every night before I go to bed. And, I'm learning that every day holds a lesson. Not always a huge lesson, but a lesson nonetheless.
Here's what I've learned in the past week:
Sept. 7: When I reviewed the lessons I learned during my first week of September, I realized what a lucky woman I am. It's the small stuff that makes life wonderful.
Sept. 8: What a horrible day. I spent three hours at the doctor with my mother. I got caught in one of those rain storms that hits so hard and fast that you have to pull off the road, and I got lost in my own hometown because of highway construction. But my three-year-old grandson called and asked me to come over to see him ride his new skateboard. One little wet and germ-infested kiss, and all of my troubles melted away. My lesson: Nothing brightens a day like a grandchild's smile.
Sept. 9: Over at Digital Art Quirks, we've been playing the game Two Truths and a Lie. Members were asked to post three things about themselves, but one of the things had to be a lie. Now, I hang out at DAQ every day. We talk a lot about everything. But I've learned so much about my dear Quirk friends this week. So while my lesson may be trite, it's also true: You never know a person as well as you think you do.
Sept. 10: I met four friends from high school tonight for dinner. We've been friends for 38 years! Isn't that crazy? We only get to see each other a few times a year, but we always pick up just where we left off. There's no doubt, old friends are the best friends.
Sept. 11: Today, my Mac screen went black for about the tenth time in a 24-hour period. Now don't get me wrong. I love my Mac, and I really do think it's a wonderful machine for running powerful graphics programs like Photoshop. But as I rebooted, I thought about that series of TV commercials Apple is running, and realized: You really can't always believe what you see on TV.
Sept. 12: Today's lesson was one that I keep learning over and over again. Never say never. We headed out to the Southern Cairn Fest this morning to meet with other Cairn lovers and to support Cairn Rescue USA. The last thing I said before I left was "We're not getting another dog." Famous last words, indeed. Here's Sullivan, the newest member of our family. Isn't he a cutie?
Sept. 13: Today was my "baby" boy's 20th birthday. We teased him that he's no longer a teen, but not yet a man. He's in another zone entirely. Today, I learned that change can be bittersweet. While I'm sad that my children are grown and moving on, I'm also so very proud of the adults that they've become. And, I'm excited to see what life has in store for my husband and me as we head into this next phase of our lives.