It's that Beatles song going through my head this morning. It's true. It is my birthday. Did you know I was named after an annoying Beatles song - the one almost everyone sings to me upon meeting? It's true, too.
I woke up to a lovely rain this morning. How come all those years of living in Vancouver I hated the rain but here it's so very pleasant? It wasn't exactly a novelty there and mostly made everything moldy and damp. Here it's a refreshing cleansing of the Earth and makes the world bright green with grass and leaves that are about to burst.
So. The birthday morning. Looking out over the freshness that is a spring shower, I take stock of the last year and decide if success or disappointment has been the theme. I would say it's been pretty successful. Yup, a pretty darn good year. Why so good, you ask?
Well, since the last b-day, I traveled to NYC, England and Ireland. I finished up my first year of teaching, in the Arctic no less. I completed a Bachelor of Science. I moved back to my home province of Saskatchewan after more than 15 years away. I got a job teaching high school that I'm really enjoying in a community that I'm really enjoying. I started my own knitting blog and another for friends and family. Quite a few of them are dreams come true.
And now I start 38. It's off to a good start as I look forward to learning to spin and weave this summer at Saltspring Fibre Festival. I've also signed my contract to teach here again next year and will be moving over to the Math and Science side of the hallway. I'm starting another degree in September, via distance education, that should increase my teaching credentials and thus my pay. I'm going to an ordination and a wedding of two very good friends in June. Yes, I'd say I'm already impressed with 38.
Happy birthday to me! Hope your day looks as bright and hopeful as mine!!! M
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