Today was finally sunny. Today was finally warm. Today the breeze was invigorating. Today, I could finally use my roof deck.
I moved into a new house with my boyfriend and some new roommates in September. Our house has a roof deck. And we got to use it about 1 1/2 times before it got cold.
But today as I bopped my way home, I knew I was headed straight for the roof.
I went up, sat down, called my mom, and ate some Doritos.
Once I was off the phone with my mom, I put my phone down. And I just sat there. Disconnected. Just being.
I just sat there on a rooftop in the middle of Washington, DC.
The magic of an ear that’s lived the city life for five years is that it has a magical revisionist power.
I tuned out the helicopters and sirens. I tuned out voice noise. I listened to the wind in the trees. And soon, I was at the beach. My brain converted the traffic hum to crashing waves. It interpreted all bird sounds as seagull calls.
I listened to the ebb and flow, took in the sun, drank the breeze.
And I was reset, rejuvenated, ready to take on all my evening responsibilities.
I look forward to establishing this escape as my daily wind down. I think it’s going to to great things for me.
On a separate note…
I did it! I started a blog 32 days ago and wrote once a day for 31 days. I am confident I cannot keep up a daily habit from here on out. But this has been thought-provoking, cathartic, energizing, and a helpful reflective tool. I would like to keep writing.
I would like to grow as a writer.
I would like to turn away from writing about my experience as a teacher and turn toward sharing my students’ thoughts and my reflections on them.
I would like to see where it goes.
Only time will tell!