Actually, I’ve always preferred the Cookie Monster, but as of late, The Count keeps reappearing from my childhood.
I love countdowns. There’s something about anticipation of an exciting time ahead; not at all about wishing time away. To me, it’s about relishing each day up until said day. Reminiscing why each day is special in it’s own right. The joyful glee in reminding coworkers just how many days are left until the much needed Christmas break. Reminding people it’s “Almost Friday”, when we’ve just barely made it through a Monday from you-know-where. Chocolate advent calendars. Only one Community Market left. Three more weeks until Summer Markets. Only five days until Graduation.
And so on.
People keep asking me what my big plans are for retirement. I have none. How exciting is that?! With only six school days left; six of the most intense school days of the year, between actual graduation, and then graduation follow up, and normal office clean up and inventory, this year added on office/career pack-up, I haven’t had time to think of the “after-life”.
So I’m doing my best to relish in each day, not wishing any of it away.
This week was exam week and graduation rehearsals.
My last one.
As I encouraged the few to get the last couple of outstanding assignments completed, offered kleenexes to the ones that were so overtired and stressed, gave out grad cards through the day, made the last minute phone calls to a couple of prize donors, navigated the obstacle course outside my office from Indoor Field Day, rushed to get my salad made for the Grad Picnic; I sat in my office last night, relishing the day. I said a quiet prayer for this group of grads, as all the classes before them, recognizing they leave with some of the same fears and struggles, and yet hearts full of anticipation, as I do. This is only the end of this chapter.
Just for that day, I chose to relish in the quiet conversation with a particular grad as he read through my handwritten note, nodding his head, as he took in the heartfelt wishes for his future, and the warm hug acknowledging the support. That single moment summed up what this is all about. Thank you, kind sir.
Yes, we all made it to Friday. This weekend will see more grad celebrations, and Baccalaureate. The countdown continues.
And today…the sun is shining!