I'm in the mood for a quick morning post about things I'm happy about.
- Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC): I work at a school that not only has a great Women's and Gender Studies Program and one of the best college programs in the nation for students with intellectual disabilities, but it also has a preschool that's about as good as I could imagine a preschool being. In fact, I think it's probably better than I could imagine. And Maybelle gets to go there. She loves it, and she comes home knowing things that Biffle and I haven't taught her. Recent examples: Biffle and I have worked on counting from 1-10 with her, but now she's pretty good at counting up to 20. She's learned to kick a ball and ride in a tire swing. She also says, "Ready, set, GO!"
- The first cup of coffee: I do love the first cup of coffee in the morning. These days I'm doing some mindfulness meditation, and one of the things the mindfulness folks are big on is being in the moment. So for the last few days I've been consciously savoring the first sip: feeling the warm cup in my hands, smelling the coffee, letting the drink be a real experience. I've switched to decaf in the last couple of weeks, but it doesn't matter--that first cup is still a great part of the day.
- Riding the bike: Biffle and I were wise enough to buy a house downtown, so almost every day I get to ride my bike to school, and almost every morning Maybelle is with me. We get to breathe in the air, notice the world around us, and feel alive in a way that a car just doesn't promote. Plus, I never have to search for a parking spot. I ride up to the door of my office and get off my bike. That's it. Fantastic.