Friday, July 24, 2015

TAL: Will You Accept This Rose?

Act One: Proposal

Once upon a time when we were 23 and 27 (I was 23, just to be clear), Dan and I walked to the park, and there was a ring.

My answer was, "Of course, yes."

Act Two: Springfield

The first teaching job I was secured was in a tiny place called Springfield, Minnesota.  I drove the two-ish hours to the interview and did some good chatting about my teaching philosophy.  Later, the principal called me and offered me the job.

I took it.  I drove back down to Springfield with my mom and looked at apartments.  I felt a little pit in my stomach.  I think there was a grocery store.

The next day I got a call for an interview in a large suburban district in my hometown, which is a town bigger than 2,000 people.  I took the interview and called the Springfield people back to tell them I was so sorry.

Act Three: Make It A Great Day Or Not

At breakfast at Camp, they do a little reading about the theme for the day - honesty, patience, or another core value - and then the reader says, "Make it a great day or not -"

Everyone else answers, "The choice is yours!"

It's like a good day is a rose you could accept from the Bachelorette.

I get the idea, but sometimes things happen that are beyond our control, right?  I mean, how about "Make it a great day or not - sometimes you have a say in the matter!"

1 comment:

LH said...

I wish we said stuff like, "let's try to be somewhat civil today!"