Friday, November 8, 2013

312/365 Grateful for R&R

"Friday in the Park"

I am grateful that today is Friday and even more grateful that tomorrow is Saturday.  More and more I appreciate the weekend.  Yes, there are household chores to be done and a few errands, but none of that requires setting an alarm, only having time for one cup of coffee before heading out the door, or being dressed before 7am.  Life over the next twenty four hours is looking pretty darn good from my current vantage point!

This was a good week; it just never seemed to slow down - until now.  That may not be an entirely good thing, though.  I have had time to surf the Internet looking at photography books.  I purchased a couple of ebooks.  The others on my list will end up on my Christmas list.

I spent the day at school with Weber mentoring this morning and then staying to hear their Veteran's Day assembly this afternoon.  It is so much fun to hear those young musicians.  The band, orchestra and choir all performed.  These kids, many of whom have only been involved in music for a year or two, are only four or five years younger than some of my college students.  It is amazing to think about how much they will grow in those next few years.

We stopped by the park on the way home from school.  I knew that I only had about forty-five minutes of daylight to accomplish the day's photo.  I had a few ideas.  After quickly working through my list, I was most happy with the above shot.  I like its simplicity, its nothingness.  I have learned in the last few years that it is OK to take a few moments and do absolutely nothing.  That is the only way that I can truly relax.  For many, many years I never stopped.  Now I know why I was stressed all the time. 

We only spent a few minutes sitting at the park, but that was enough time for me to unwind from the stresses of the week and relax into the weekend.