You probably expect something really witty or clever or at least profound today. Why? For one, I have gone way longer between posts than usual, and for the other, yesterday kicked off National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which is obviously something worth writing about.
I think you might just have to keep expecting because I'm not feeling it.
In fact, I have put off posting more than once in the last week because I didn't have a suitable re-entry post after taking a hiatus (word gift for Becky S.). I finally decided to try the toe-in, foot-in, ankle-in approach, since I didn't have the inspiration for a plunge that would make a splash. If I do it innocuously enough, maybe you will forget that I was a slacker for approaching 20 days.
Last week, Erin's peeps all started ninth grade. It didn't really sink in until one day this week. I was sitting at the traffic light at FM 2818 and Leonard Road waiting to turn left towards home. It was about school dismissal time, and I was eying each car that past through the intersection, looking for familiar faces. It surprised me that I didn't recognize anyone, even though most of the cars were clearly coming from Jane Long Middle School. Then I had the V-8 moment, complete with forehead slap. My friends (students and parents) were on a different route, coming home from the high school, not Jane Long. It felt really weird to realize that most (but not all) of my connections to that school were gone, moved on.
I didn't have a huge amount of time to ponder the great river of life, other than to confirm that the flow keeps moving on. The last two weeks I have done my absolute best to imitate a cricket herder. Every day I stuffed my crickets into boxes, only to have them promptly jump out. Eventually, I did get my courses in order so that I wasn't embarrassed on the first day of class. I survived the hottest soccer tournament I have ever coached (even beat the Austin Labor Day Tournament of 1999). And, on Tuesday, thanks to so many folks around the country, we launched our Kids Cancer Fight radio PSA campaign (click the link to listen) and the supporting website KidsCancerFight.org. You can like us on Facebook, too.
This all started last March when an unprecedented number of childhood cancer organizations (national, regional, and local) responded to an invitation by People Against Childhood Cancer (PAC2) to meet and think of ways we could all work together. This campaign was one way we all agreed to cooperate. The PSA is running nationwide the whole month. If you have a childhood cancer organization and would like to participate, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.
In closing, I will share a little graphic that I found on the internet. Apparently, if you are not thinking about lanyards, you are not maximizing your brain's potential (isolating your thinking to that small yellow part of your brain).