Tuesday, February 2, 2010
After I felt the first tufts of hair fall out, I went to the barber shop and got a good buzz cut – the kind dad used to give us to keep us cool in the heat of summer – no sense messing around.
I don’t know if the buzz was the best idea given our South Dakota winters, but there are plenty of knit caps around as the need arises!
Today, I got to read the winning essays for the Catholic Schools Week writing contest.
Students wrote how being at St. Joseph’s helps them develop faith, knowledge, discipline and morals. Their reflections reassured me we’re passing along some good values.
Because we accept students based on need rather than religion, many of our students come from other faith traditions, which we respect and work with. The four keys we stress – faith, knowledge, discipline and morals – will help anyone make their way through life regardless of tradition or denomination.
Tuesday is also one of my heavier meeting days.
There are so many day-to-day things to attend to while running a school. But, our work also requires planning and thinking ahead.
While there’s so much of the school year left, I just reviewed a draft of next year’s schedule. We also started planning for next year’s budget and discussed the timing for our home remodeling projects.
My stop at the campus print shop reminded me they too are working ahead … on our graduation mailing for May. As we adults look ahead and plan for the future, we also find it helpful this time of year to remind the children in our care of the long-term goals and prizes that will come with graduation if they faithfully study and learn along the way.
Personally, with this illness, keeping my eyes on the long-term goals helps me get through the daily struggles, too.