It's been a rough week here at A Wrung Sponge. I've gotten a lot of bad news lately and we are reeling. I heard I will be laid off from my school library job, along with six of my teaching colleagues, due to dropping enrollment. I am job hunting again, and BTW if you hear of any Librarian job openings, please pass on the news!
Then my furnace developed some serious problems and we were without heat for several chilly days & nights, until we could get a new one put it. Do you have any idea how expensive a new furnace is? Right before Christmas when you are unsure of your employment future? sheesh.
The third shoe dropped: Yesterday my oldest son, who is in the Air Force, and for whom we have been counting the days until he got leave and could come home to see us, emailed me that he would not be home for Christmas. We are devastated at the news. Suddenly things are looking a lot less cheery around here.
THEN my car check engine light came on. The service dept. at the dealer recommended bringing it in this morning because they are unsure of what is happening in that hybrid complexity that seemed like such a good idea last summer. So that's where I will be, with two kids entertaining themselves, instead of my morning's work.
Alrighty then. Let's look around for some light and dig a little deeper for reason to rejoice. I have to remember the classical haiku poets who did not have central heat, or retirement plans, or any kind of vehicle. I am standing on my faith that God has good plans for us. And I am seeking rest in simple beauty.
beside the road glowing
along the ribs of harvest
ETA: Saturday morning I thought of another haiku for the third picture:
reflected in the creek
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