A wireless weekend and wanting what you have: The Mindfulness of Appreciation

I am just home from The Cabin. It is a long drive – about 4 hours – and it is a relief to be here and have that feeling of being back on familiar ground. I enjoyed getting away and spending time with H, my mom and dad, my sister and her children, and yet it is good to be home. And then, there is always that slightly shocking feeling of the sameness of being home after a get-away, that mysteriously makes you feel like you didn’t actually go anywhere.

It is hard to blog at the cabin: in that place that I refer to as the sketchy internet zone. I can access wireless at a small local coffee shop, but it is difficult to find time away from others and it is a 40 minute round trip. In all honesty it has also been a bit hard to blog of late, because I haven’t really felt any huge desire to write. Thus, I am just hanging out with my family and enjoying that soon to be interrupted endless feeling of summer.

Shortly after I got home I checked through the mail and opened a Teacher Appreciation Days flyer for a large stationary store… and it hit:  Aahhh… August you know how to zoooom like few other months.

Summer is waxing… and fall is getting ready to shine in its full faced exuberance. I watch the corn grow taller in the fields as the days grow shorter and I know that school will soon begin again. For me this September will bring the 25th that I have attended as a teacher. Yikes… I can’t help but wonder if  that should make me feel much older than it does. If I calculate all of my Septembers – from K to 12 to University… the number is even more shocking. I wont be doing that little bit of math!

I will choose to focus instead on the little things in my life that make it all worth while… and repeat my sometimes-weary but always-hopeful mantra: want what you have…


30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.

© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2011)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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4 Responses to A wireless weekend and wanting what you have: The Mindfulness of Appreciation

  1. Beautiful Poem! I feel the same about summer winding up. I plan to make a post on it too, when I have time, but I’m spending as much time as I can in these last couple weeks doing summer activities with the kids.


  2. suvarna says:

    yep, can’t believe it’s already August and summer has just started really.
    Boy and I walked by the school today, such a desert, not even a stirring of wind.


  3. Tessa says:

    We start back to school this week–the kids on Thursday, and me tomorrow. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. I wanted to thank you for your encouraging words on my blog. My husband and I both appreciated it.


  4. danidawn says:

    That was a wonderful poem.


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