Monday, September 12, 2005

I feel good.

Every rare once in a while, the heavens open up, the light shines down and things seem to fall into place.

Friday I got a phone call from the Board of Ed in our township, offering to move Ariela from the morning-only spot in the grant-funded pre school into the full day program. I got goosebumps...I could not have been more thrilled. This means I no longer have to do all the crazy running around in the middle of the day to take her from school to school, an hour and a half of driving, picking up and dropping off, and pay through the nose for the privilege. I dropped her off this morning with her new teacher in her new class and realized the teacher she now has is the one I wished she had been assigned. The curriculum is superb, this teacher taught it last year when it was a pilot program and she just exudes warmth and caring. Ariela is going to thrive in this program.

Saturday I went to see Rachel become Bat Mitzvah and not only did I make it through my torah portion (with flying colors, if I do say so myself), but she did an amazing job. It's a lot of work, preparing to become Bat Mitzvah and she was wonderful. I saw family and friends and extended family and we all had a really great time.

Sunday Dvorah woke up, got her backpack, found her homework and did it perfectly, without being asked or nagged. She focused on it, knew exactly what to do and had it done before I even got out of bed. She is clearly excited about this school year and that makes me happy too. When she is productive and focused, that kid can move mountains.

This morning after dropping off Ariela, I went to thank the woman who facilitated the move and discovered she has a new position she's enjoying immensely.

And I realized that with the money I'm saving on pre-school, I can stop stressing about bills and actually DO something about the Katrina situation. I had been feeling helpless and money was super tight after the summer. Now I can donate to a worthy organization (or two) and feel like, in some small way, we've helped.

I got an email update yesterday from a couple who have a daughter about a year and a half old, who was born severely disabled, and their lives have been focused since that moment on helping and caring for their baby. She IS their life. I can't begin to imagine myself in that situation, and how they manage to stay positive is beyond me.

I have two healthy, happy beautiful children. I have a roof over my head, a job, transportation. We never go hungry and we have clothing and shoes. And now I can help a little - pay it forward. Today is a good day.


Blogger mireille said...

thanks for this, R. showing us how to acknowledge life's generosity toward us: being generous to others. xoxo

1:21 PM, September 12, 2005  
Blogger Trina said...

Today is a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing yours with me! I'm so glad things have fallen into place for you :~D

11:54 PM, September 12, 2005  
Blogger katiedid said...

Beautiful post, really, thanks. I love when we can slosh our own good forturne around and remember to help others, too.
Makes ya feel even more grateful for what you do have.

fiexil - the anti-Paxil, for when you really want to better hate all of humanity.

1:52 PM, September 13, 2005  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Oh Ruth, I'm so glad that things are turning around!



2:57 PM, September 13, 2005  

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