I love my job, I really do, but with the dog days of summer winding down and the realization that Christmas is only 4 months away. I really want to be on the outside of this building not on the inside. Today is the last day of the year I will get a parking place close to the building; It is the last day of the year I can take a quick walk outside and actually have the sidewalk to myself. Today is the end of the summer for us here at the University I work for. Monday morning freshmen will be wandering the sidewalks desperate to find the building of the class they are late for. The air will be charged and the excitement will penetrate the campus. Today though we all are wishing for just one more lazy day of summer.
There are some people in the world who live their lives with joy. Yes bad things happen to everyone. Terrible, life changing, hit you in the gut things. I repeat they happen to everyone. The difference is what you do when you are in the thick of it. Living your life with joy means living it without regret, making those around you your primary focus and putting yourself last, instead of first. I love it when I take pictures of people who just have joy pouring off of them. It shows not just in their lives but in their faces. Here is to more joy.
Today was the 4th Annual Summer Research Institute, Held by the Grant I work on. This daylong conference provides Early Childhood Professionals in our area an opportunity to participate in a free conference based on research proven concepts in Early Childhood. It was a long day for us as we finished setting up and going through all the little things that need to happen to pull off a conference like this. It was also was a very gratifying day as I reconnected with professionals I had not had an opportunity to see in awhile. (I tend to spend most of my days now focused on the technology that drives our program rather in the field with the providers.) And I was able to interact with many new and dedicated young adults who have a passion for “How are the Children” I took pictures galore and had a full day. I have always been passionate about Quality Early Childhood Education, but now I have a new reason to be a supporter and an advocate. I want the best in the field in my life and I want to know that this beautiful child I love with all my heart has a safe, nurturing environment to spend her time away from those of us who love her the most when her mommy returns to work. Yes it was a good day but this evening was even better as I was able to provide a date night for the new love of my life’s parents and snap this quick picture.