Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Beginnings, endings...and the times in between
I am sure you have heard the story of 'The Dash'. It is the time between your birth date and your death date, the little dash that is put in between the numbers. It represents all of your life on earth. Everything.
The question of course, is if you can fill your dash and live your life to the fullest? Do those not so exciting, routine days blend with the over the top, outstanding days and milestones that happen in life?
This past month has been a combination of very routine days, with some outstanding, memorable days! The focus was on our high school marching band. They did something that the band has not done in eight years! They achieved a First Division rating and progressed to the Area competition. Area is much harder in competition, but our band still did an awesome job! It was a joy to be with them as they progressed through competitions. Their confidence grew, and they improved through each step.
I was fortunate to be able to accompany them on the buses to and from the destinations. The students are so well behaved! Their work ethic and discipline really did carry over into their time off of the field. I tell everyone that I am so impressed with these teenagers--they make me very proud! Good things are in store for this awesome group of kids...it is going to be such a blessing to watch it unfold!
It was a month of physical challenge for me though. Being 'folded up on a school bus' and sitting on hard bleachers really took its toll on this ragged body! Plus, we attended every Friday night game, and the Pep Rallies for each home game. Friday was the last game of the season. As much as I enjoyed it, I was very happy that it was the end. Our football team had a terrific year with a 6-4 record.
I also saw a podiatrist for the first time. I have a bunion, and a condition where my big toe does not flex when I walk. The Dr. said, "I hate to tell you this on your first visit, but the only thing that will cure this is surgery." My doctor referred me to him because he is NOT a surgery happy type of doctor! I skipped the follow up, and spent my money on some Dr. Scholl's inserts (the ones from the machine that measures how and where you carry pressure in your feet.) I also bought some quality shoes, and that has helped a lot. I will go as long as I can without surgery...I do NOT need any more surgery!
Another milestone in October was when Keegan got his driver's permit. Wow, a teenage driver in our household! He does very well, but bless his heart, he has to fold himself up to drive in my Camry. He fits much better in Ricky's big truck.
He can hardly wait to drive his own pick up truck when he gets his license in the Spring! Not my style, but he loves it!
Ahhh, we even changed from Daylight Savings time in October! An extra hour of sleep--we took all 60 minutes of it!
As the month came to a close, I realized that it had been two years since my breast cancer diagnosis! Already? Time is just flying by so quickly. Wow. Praise the Lord, I am here, and although exhausted, I am living life and enjoying my days! You might say, I am filling in my 'Dash.'