** That I placed 1st Chair Alto in the All Girls Regional Choir my senior year in high school.
** That I stopped signing because I was told I needed something to fall back on...it took years for me to start singing again.
** That I am determined not to let anyone (including me) side track my kid's passions by telling them to find something to fall back on. That I don't want anyone else to find a fall back instead of focusing on their passion.
** That when I lived in Italy, sometimes after my daughter went off to school I would get on the train and spend the day in Florence at a cafe.
** That I cried for an hour on the flight back to the US at the end of our time living in Europe. That sometimes I still catch myself saying "I've only been back a few years (but really its been 10 years). That part of my lottery winning plan includes a home in Italy.
** That I once took a DNA test to discover where in Africa my ancestral mothers came from. That I waited to open the results until I was circling with other women. That reclaiming my ancestry made such a huge difference in my life, because knowing where I came from helped to quiet the questions and stay focused on where I'm going.
** That after years of telling myself I wasn't as good a teacher as my mom, I fully and truly embraced being a teacher because I've found my own way of doing it. I'm really good at it and it makes my heart sing.
The inspirational spark for this missive comes from the fabulous word smith Alexandra Franzen, whom I highly recommend falling in love with. Also, if I sound like someone you'd like to get to know better, sign up for my newsletter.