I am still here...yes, I am. I have not given up blogging for Lent. Things have just been *that* busy.
Evening is my blogging time, and there has been something every evening this week. Monday evening, I skipped out on the Rosary group I belong to because I had a birthday cake to bake. I also received a message on Facebook from one of my former students. I'm friends with a few of the "kids" I taught way back when. K and C were two girls in my class about 15 years ago, and both have "friended" me on Facebook. C was in a wheelchair and K had a mild case of cerebral palsy. C has visited me a couple of times over the years, and in recent months, she has been one of my most faithful Words With Friends opponents. K is married, has 2 kids with a third due to enter the world in the next few weeks.
The message was from K with a short message and her phone number. C had been hospitalized for an infection that resulted from a pressure sore. It had gone all the way to the bone, and even though they had done surgery to remove some of it, it was still an issue. After the surgery she had gone into cardiac arrest. Organ damage ensued and things took a turn for the worse from there. She passed away the next evening. She was 29. It is hard to feel sad, because she is almost certainly in a better place. But once again, I find myself stunned by the suddenness of death. A week ago, she was posting on FB. We have 2 unfinished Words With Friends games.
While one family was dealing with death, we were celebrating life. On Tuesday, my baby turned 15. I had in mind to do one of those wonderful birthday posts with pictures to show how much things change and how much they remain the same. But that has yet to happen. We celebrated with pizza - a rare meal out - and cake.
Wednesday night was a Bible Study night, and Thursday night was a track meet. I need some downtime. A trip to the chapel is on the agenda for the near future. A trip where I can spend an hour or more. The weekend has a lot of things packed into it, too. Things for Boy Scouts. Paperwork for school.
Lent is going relatively well, I think. I need some time to really assess and re-orient, but things are going well with my fifth graders. One was sent to an alternative placement last week for the remainder of the year, and that has made a huge difference as we are able to focus on the others now. And I am doing my best to smile and provide for their needs.
Hopefully our weekend will provide a chance to literally and figuratively catch my breath!