Friday Reflections


Friday Reflections is all about reflecting on the week by observing our senses.  My hope is that this will be a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing and what we are experiencing weekly when journaling in general can feel so daunting.

Now, for this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as your inspiration, consider how experiencing it impacted your week).

Here is my sensory round-up for this week:     

tasting ::  mashed kabocha squash, mint chocolate chip ice cream, baked sweet potato, mashed butternut squash, an Icee.  I’m sick and so basically if it wasn’t frozen or mashed, I wasn’t all that interested this week.

hearing :: the gorgeous voices of the actors making up the traveling Lion King on Broadway cast.  A tradition we have is a grandparents’ lunch to celebrate Happy’s birthday. It allows the grandparents to have focused time with Happy for his birthday and has been a really sweet tradition.  This year we combined the grandparents’ lunch with a trip to see The Lion King musical.  I’ve seen it before and it is glorious (more on that below) and the music is exquisite.  After Hakuna Matata was performed, Happy asked me if  I could “back it up” so we could see it again.  And I was undone, as I always am (this is the 4th time I have seen this musical) by Endless Night.  Such a gorgeous, poignant song.

smelling ::  chlorine and sunscreen as Happy and I took our last dip in the swimming hole before it closed for the season.     

seeing ::  the gorgeous costumes, puppetry and sets of the Lion King musical.  What Julie Taymor conceived blows my mind.  Also, Happy in his beautiful new transitional kindergarten classroom.  He officially started today but we had meet the teacher time and got a little time in there for him to get acclimated.  It’s beautiful– woodsy with glass and woven storage containers with three walls of windows and no overhead lights (I hate overhead light) and his teachers are just the sweetest women with these gentle voices that I want in my own ear all the time.  Also, they tell the kids to kiss their ears when they do a good job listening, their brains when they do a good job thinking, and their hearts when they are sweet and kind and thoughtful.  I think it’s going to be a great year for Happy and, of course, that makes me happy.       

feeling ::  cruddy.  I’ve got a full blown sinus infection that’s led to a week of sleepless nights.  Several nights I have just laid in bed with an ice pack across my face and a heating pad across my shoulders, counting the hours until morning.  Happy and I have been hanging this week and I know he’s bummed that I am moving slow, not very energetic, and not nearly as creative as usual.

 wishing/hoping ::  for a fast recovery. Also, for a great launch to our Back to School session of The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher!  Are you a teacher and want to have a completely different school year (you know, one that doesn’t school you?).  Then join us. There is still time to sign up!

What about you?  What were your sensational experiences this week?  Please share!

This post was inspired by Teacher Goes Back to School who was inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

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