My mind is still churning from last night’s scout meeting where we discussed bullying and personal protection. My scouts are all sixth graders. It’s hard to wrap my brain around how complex these kids’ lives are compared to my sixth grade experience. Cyber bullying wasn’t even possible. Active shooter drills unfathomable.
I left them with one simple entreaty.
“It’s really easy as a human being to let yourself be unkind. It comes naturally to us for some reason … but so does kindness. Choose kindness.”
The universe put on quite the show today, from this morning’s glorious sunrise to a breathtaking end of day.
I picked up my son from a friend’s house to go shopping just as the sun began its descent over our town’s treeline, casting a hazy glow in the sky.
By the time we finished our errands, the horizon was glowing pink and orange. We jumped over to an undeveloped subdivision on the northwest side of town, appropriately named Clearview. Wings of skybluepink exploded out from the sun.
I opened my eyes after a night of deep sleep, my bedroom tinged pink by the dawning day. It’s going to be a beautiful sunrise, let’s go! I found my perch a few miles east to watch the wispy horizon give birth on this frosty morning.
We woke this morning to a world encapsulated in ice thanks to 24-hours of on-and-off rain and sleet. I chiseled my car out from its frozen tomb and worked my way gingerly across town under a heavy overcast. I certainly didn’t see any potential for skychasing at days end. I couldn’t even see the sun, and icy country roads make for inhospitable conditions for my small car.