It's about time I choose my One Little Word for the year. I haven't forgotten about it. I just couldn't decide.
I looked outside in my writer's robe with coffee cup in hand. (Yes, that would be my lounging robe when I don't get dressed to go somewhere. I have two--one white and one sky blue--so glad I bought two at the same time. That way I don't have to run a wash just to lounge around for the day! Retirement tactics.)
It's a beautiful, sunny yet cold day. I look at the birds feeding and my eye catches the turned over bird bath next to the melting snow. My collection of rocks cannot be seen yet. They are there though, hiding from me since I have been ignoring them now for years.
My mind wanders again--always has but didn't realize it until I took to the classroom again in 1991. You can't be teaching a concept and wander off. But if you think about it, how long can a 7th grade teacher continue to teach without having to stop and wander off, so to speak, like quieting a student from talking or messing around, answering a phone, greeting a visitor that comes to the door, paying heed to tornado/fire drills, answering a student with a raised hand out of frustration, or tripping over an overhead cord with abundant giggles? I think these events just enhanced my inability to concentrate. If I were video-taped after school in my classroom, you would see this mouse scurrying from task to task to eventually get it all done for the next day--never finishing anything at one swipe--here and then there and back again, and then finished.
Back to my OLW again.
I thought about last year's word--"Treasure." Little did I know that word would come at me with such wonderful moments/thoughts. Our family took a first time, most treasured trip to St. Augustine, Florida. It came unexpectedly and on a whim. Before we knew, 10 of us were signed up. It was a great trip and week with treasured family members, including the grandchildren--can't get better than that. We experienced, so appropriately, pirates, a treasure museum, the ocean, great food, and treasured moments that are now recorded in digital photo albums. I guess you could say, I lived that word.
Now this year's OLW
I have chosen "Rock." Reason? I have ignored my rock collection, but not forgetting about it. Maybe this word with all kinds of meanings will lead me in the direction of doing something about my rocks--if there is anything to do with them.
"Rock" can be a noun, verb, adjective, and given to many idioms, also. Where will "Rock" lead me this year? When you just look at the word itself, it's an odd looking word, sounding short and harsh, too. Mmmm. Time will tell.