October 2, 2015
There was a time in my life (I think around the age of 14) when I couldn’t wait to be an adult and have my own place. Well, now I hear myself saying, “Boy, I wish I were a kid again!” Being an adult is far more challenging than I ever imagined. The stress, workload, and inability to make things better for friends are all things you don’t consider when you are younger.
This week has been a whirlwind. With the help of a few members of the Facilities Committee, we collaborated so that I was ready to provide a presentation to the School Board on September 28. Yesterday morning, I met with Superintendent Buckley and other SAU personnel in order to submit both DES and NHCS 2016-17 school budgets. I have spent some time this week in Vermont, bringing over meals to help a friend in need. On Thursday night, I returned to Southbury, CT to be present for, and support, my college roommate/volleyball teammate at her mother’s wake and funeral. I am waiting to hear from a friend who had a recent doctor’s appointment. By the end of the week, I will have put over 600 miles on my car, traveling to various places within New England. Yikes! I often think to myself that since I am single, with no kids, I am fortunate to have the flexibility of traveling to these areas to check in on friends. I really don’t know how parents do all of it!
I am in awe as to the strength of the human spirit and soul. I have watched a family share both tears and laughter while remembering a loved one. I have witnessed my friend waking up each morning, willing to put her best foot forward while dealing with a challenge that has become, for her, far greater than losing both of her parents. I am reminded that “showing-up” does matter and can make someone’s day a little better.
So tonight, I will end my week in Windham, Maine, and I am looking forward to receiving a hug from my big brother!
Have a great weekend,