Thursday, June 30

Quote of the Day:  “If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.”  Buddhist Saying

Exercise Log:  Jen and I did the S-curve and then back up the hill to Churchill overpass.  It was steep coming back but I’m always so glad to have a walking partner to get me up the hills.  We went 5.32 miles.  I could feel that my legs had more soreness today so they were tired when I was finished.

I really wanted to finish up at Skyline so I went over there and searched through the rest of my files.  I had so many tennis folders containing team pictures, sweatshirt designs, draws and newspaper articles that it felt like I was moving through time, experiencing those 10 years again where I served as coach.  I had some great experiences and was so fond of those girls.  Every now and then I would come across a picture of a girl who gave me some trouble but really we’re all pretty fragile and just trying to work through our lives.  As I was working in the room, this finality of this part of my life really  struck me.  It’s hard to just walk out of one phase of your life- especially where you learned so much.  I am content with the work I did at Skyline.  I can honestly say I gave it my all- to both the women’s tennis team and to Community of Caring but now I’m tired and it feels exhausting to try to take that on again.  One thing about being a high school teacher, you have to be on your toes all the time to be successful.  You have to always be coming up with new ideas, creative ways to teach and never let sarcasm be the way that you communicate with students.  It’s a great job, but a really under appreciated and under paid profession.  I am so grateful that I was able to spend 14 years at Skyline, especially when my children were there.  It was just where I wanted to be- spending time with my children and their friends.  And, I have to say they took it well.  It’s not always easy to have a parent as a teacher.  I think the fact that the subject I taught allowed for creativity and some freedom helped.

So today I was planning to go to lunch with my RS friends, who I really miss but I came home from Skyline tired.  Joe suggested that since I am having surgery next week, it might be a good idea to rest this week.  I turned on Wimbledon and what do you know, I couldn’t even stay awake.  My muscles really hurt and I am ready for this chemo pain experience to be over.  A few more days and I should start feeling good, oh until surgery!

Mary, Maggie and Kate in Millcreek Canyon- Celebrating end of chemo


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