Wake

Last Tuesday was my husband's birthday. I always write a post to dedicate to him. I found this old poem in my journal penned on the last day of Spring break this year that really fits with what I'm feeling these days and I dedicate it to the most amazing man on this planet (in my eyes), Kip Davis!  It is an appropriate Thanksgiving post.

Wake
Disheveled hair. Tossed by swirling wind off the bay.
Destiny.
The first boat out of the harbor today.
Surely destiny brought me here
this moment
to inhale the dawn.

Quiet spray kicked off the street below- washing away last night's goings on.
Fresh air. Fresh water.
A fresh wind in my mind.
Wiping away the busy crests of thoughts
a white wake drifting behind.

Erase the days and moments
sitting grading at my desk
worries and hearts of exhaustion
wondering if what I do is best.

So much. So much.
I can check email anywhere.
But I won't. I can't.
This day won't last and my email will keep.

It will still be there – kept by gmail
maybe read by some bored Chinese hacker
with nothing to do.

Sad life. Stuck in a room.
perusing through the lives of others.
I'm at the beach
here alone watching my son swim.

Writing to myself
seeing the joy of him.
Listening  to the two overweight sisters sing
‘Nothing's gonna change my love for you'
as they text on their cell phones.

People used to bring books to the pool –
now it is the blackberries.
Not me. A paper journal, a pen-
and oh yes – my Kindle –
a cup of coffee.

My cell phone is in my pocket on vibrate
so when my husband calls I'm ready to go –
to drive home.

I will hold onto this day like Jacob on Esau's heel-
storing the wind in my mind –
Clarity is needed to see my life.
“Mom, can you watch me?” my son says.
Yes.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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