Summer is over and I am back at work with a vengeance.Â And with coffee.Â My success at weathering this transition is owedÂ entirely to Peet’s Sumatra, tempered with half-and-half.Â I drink it greedily on the commute, and then curse it midway through my first class, when the restroom calls and I cannot answer.Â Such is the life of a teacher.
So yes, it’s hard to get back into the work routine.Â That makes it important to reflect on some blessings.
1.Â I’m grateful for the time-honored game of peek-a-boo. My baby figured out how it works a few weeks ago and it never fails to make him laugh.Â Me neither.
2.Â I’m thankful for hot days that turn into mild perfect evenings.Â I was outside watering at dusk and the temperature was just right.Â It was tranquil and lovely, as if Nature herself were winding down for the night.
3. I’m thankful that our public library has so many CDs of Broadway musicals. Currently in my car: Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, and the recent revival of The Pajama Game.Â They’re perfect commute musicÂ because they are just so darn singable. When I’m propped up by nothing more than coffee and willpower, it is great to have some catchy perky music to help me get excited about the day.Â So thank you, public library!Â I owe you one.