Monday, March 22, 2021

Day 22 #SOL21: Contemplating Rainy Days & Mondays

Hangin' around (hangin' around)
Nothin' to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
Funny, but it seems that it's the only thing to do (only thing to do)
Run and find the one who loves me (ooh)

These lyrics have been playing on repeat inside my head throughout the day. Perhaps the dreary skies contributed to to an overall sense of malaise, but I suspect an underlying current of past trauma mixed with interrupted routines didn't help. Exactly one year ago, Texas teachers never returned to campuses following Spring Break. When our governor announced our schools would remain closed, shock, disbelief, and grief enveloped us all. The non-closure, coupled with so many missed end-of-year traditions, left everyone feeling unmoored. 

Yet here we are, returning to school on a mundane Monday. Because our district is entering the final nine-weeks of the school year, teachers once again expressed frustration over it being the fourth first day of school as kids transitioned from remote to in person learning. Instability is our new normal.

I know there are tons of fellow slicers returning to brick and mortar institutions for the first time in well over a year, which is a bit mind-blowing considering we put kids back in buildings in August of 2020. However, this has been a school year like no other, and the toll it's taking on everyone is palpable. Things are tough all around. 

Rainy days and Mondays definitely get me down, but I'm going to focus on the line that says, "Run and find the one who loves me." My thoughtful husband is cooking chicken tacos for dinner as I write my blog. He had a glass of wine waiting for me when I walked in the door. I sure am thankful I have a safe place to land when reentry is rocky. 


8 comments:

  1. This year has certainly been a year where, as you remind, "instability is our new normal." The constant starts and restarts have certainly been challenging. It has been so hard on everyone. There really aren't words. Sending you strength as you work through another transition. Carve time to take care of you. Thank you for all you do.

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    1. Cathy, thanks for the encouragement. I'd hope to bring a different energy to this day, but sometimes we just need to feel the weight of it all and then move on. I appreciate this blogging community so very much. Writing helps me process and make sense of a topsy-turvy world.

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  2. What a strange time! Thank goodness you have the thoughtful support of your husband. Here's hoping for some sunshine and a return to some normalcy one of these days!

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    1. Holly, thank you for the warm, kind comment. As Annie reminds us, "The sun will come out tomorrow!" I'm headed over to your blog now to say hello!

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  3. Oh, The Carpenters. Heart eyes abound. I love everything about this post. You compared this day last year and today so poignantly. Just yummy writing...

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    1. For some reason I pictured you as Carpenter's fan, Mallory. There was certainly lots of light in this day too, I just couldn't shake the melancholy feeling you so often reference. This song captures that emotion so well.

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  5. Nothing like coming home to dinner and a glass of wine. Reentry is always tough, but this year has been like no other. Wishing you some sun tomorrow.

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