Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A good day for daisies
So Friday was a hard day. I think the overwhelming exhaustion had just about done me in...and then I went to Chinese class. I can now honestly say that I know exactly how my kindergarten students have felt over the past several years when I look at them and make these strange sounds they dont know and I expect them to repeat them perfectly, and they look at me with a total and complete blank look. I was there. I was the total and complete blank look. And as the hour and a half slowly passed, the knot in my throat just kept getting bigger and bigger. All I wanted to do was escape to my room and cry. At one point I really wondered what in the world I was doing in China.
Thankfully, prior to Chinese lessons, we had planned a trip to the flower market. Mikey had suggested getting some plants to "liven" my room up a little. Although they have the shelf life of about 3 days, there is something so joyful about a daisy, so I got a few (I needed quite a bit of livening...). It just seemed like a good day for daisies.
When we got back, after a short meeting, I went to my room to try to sleep off a little bit of my frustration. That didnt work, so I went down to the first floor for a little play time. After about an hour I came out with a fresh mani/pedi, courtesy of Isaac and Jaelynn (now who wouldnt feel better after that? Notice the polish on my feet too :)....
After this, I did some laundry (clean sheets also a great feel good) and Mariah and I watched "Pride and Prejudice". There's something quite comforting about popcorn, hersheys, Mr. Darcy, and a good talk with a friend.
I know that hard days will come. They are inevitable, whether here or anywhere. I am thankful for the little things the Lord brings into our lives to lift our spirits at just the right time, like daisies. I am grateful for old friends that I can share my heart with, and new friends who will become those that I will often turn to, especially when I cant call home because its the middle of the night. I am grateful that His mercies begin afresh each morning; that He is my inheritance, so I can place my hope in Him. I am grateful that will never change, no matter what kind of day it is.