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It’s Back to Work I Go


Laura and the lap dogMy little lap dog seems to think my recent illness was the greatest thing that ever happened to her.  Her normal routine of napping in any sliver of sunshine she can find is usually interrupted only by the thump of the mail being dropped in our mailbox, which sends her into a hysterical barking frenzy.  It’s a pretty good life, but it doesn’t compare with having someone home all day to keep her company, especially someone recovering from surgery, therefore SITTING most of the day.  That dog sees anyone sitting as a lap, aka a 98 point 6 degree napping spot. 

Sadly, her lap napping days ended for a while when I returned to work last Friday.  I was a bit reluctant to reenter the work world myself, but it was time to give it a try.  I know it must be time for me to go back, because I just clipped eight envelopes on the mailbox for that postman to find tomorrow, and all eight were medical bills with my name on them.  That’s pretty good motivation to go to work!

Bulletin Board Flowers

Back in August when I was preparing paper flowers for my bulletin boards and painting signs for my newly renovated classroom I had no idea that I would be away from my class for so many weeks.  I rarely miss school because of illness.  Cancer, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy- none of that was in my plan book for the 2010-2011 school year.


I teach American History, and as we encounter different historical figures my I encourage my students to think about which words might best describe the person we are discussing.  They enjoy discovering the different combinations of strengths that famous characters possessed, and more importantly they begin to recognize the strengths they themselves have. When we talk about the words on this sign most of them are easy to understand.  Creativity is a concept ten-year-olds are quite familiar with. They understand curiosity.  A few of the words are a little harder to explain.Words to LiveResilience. 

That one is always just a little bit hard to put into words. 


Here is the Merriam-Webster  definition of RESILIENCE

: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
According to this Mayo Clinic article resilience will help you survive challenges and even thrive in the midst of hardship. It stresses that becoming resilient takes time and practice. 
Time and practice.
Resilience is a word we have not just discussed, but have practiced.
Me. My family. My students. My coworkers. 
Even my little dog has gotten in on the practice of adapting to change. 
I imagine you have had your share of practice too.
What’s helping you survive and thrive in the midst of change in your life? 
Waiting to hear your story…

One Comment

  1. Joy
    Posted 20 Mar ’11 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Really good one, Laura! BTW, so good that you’ve been able to return to work. With regard to your question though I’ll have to give it some thought because — believe it or not — I’ve been wondering of about my own resiliency of late (though I hadn’t used that particular word to describe the concept). But back to your blog and posts in general. Please keep ‘em coming. Love reading them!!

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