I looked forward to my students today as I knew they would bring a smile to my sad and tired face.
I enjoy immensely reading picture books to my class. Today I needed to laugh. So out came my favorite; “Meanwhile, by Jules Feiffer.
The word meanwhile… with the elipse at the end is used in comic strips to change the scene.
So… What if I had my own MEANWHILE? I could change the scene right now! Although, I wouldn’t want to leave my writing – I am very passionate about that. But there are times when my own Meanwhile would come in quite handy. “Meanwhile, back at the ranch” , “Meanwhile, I’ll just go get us some chocolate ice cream cones”, “Meanwhile let me take you to that island you wanted to retreat to.”
YEAH! Now that’s what I’m talking about! Island? Did someone say Island? A piece of land surrounded by water??? MEANWHILE, MEANWHILE, MEANWHILE!
Raymond, the boy in the story continues to say, “It’s not fair!” Well, life isn’t always fair – but it’s how we react to the hurt and pain after the initial blow, that will determine our direction.
I don’t hold a grudge and I don’t want to get back at anyone. It is all a part of God’s plan. I have to trust the Lord in that. I did end up taking a detour on the route God had mapped out for me. So, It will take a little longer. But I am getting there!
As I was greeting my students at the door my kind and loving autistic student stopped in front of me and said, “Ms. Gerodimos, you look sad today, I think I need to give you a hug.” And with his quick and witty thinking, he said loudly, “MEANWHILE”
The scene didn’t change but his hug brought a smile to my heart:)
Another day ends and a new one will begin:) Thank you God.