What I Learned in April

I don’t know if you remember me, but I’m Ashley. I run this blog. By run, I mean I write a bunch of posts about yummy food and then abandon it for awhile. Thankfully, my schedule is winding down with school, and I will actually have time to write about all the great food that’s been passing through my kitchen.

In the meantime, I’m linking up with Emily Freeman at Chatting at the Sky and sharing what I learned in April.

1. Nothing shows my humanity more than having a neighbor’s dog bark all night. It makes me think of doing things I would never normally do. I’m actually embarrassed at things that I said and thought during that night.  Does anyone else feel like this?
2. The spring semester at school is nearly over. When did this happen? Didn’t we just have the first day of school? I think I lost my year somewhere in a huge stack of essays and coffee grounds. I recently read “The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot with my seniors, and there’s this great line that I feel explains my existence at school sometimes:
“I have measured out my life in coffee spoons.”

Our last “Poetry Friday” of the year!

3. Young hearts are watching me. I knew this already, but I was reminded of it this week as I received a sweet note from one of my students. She thanked me for making them do a project in Bible, and her favorite part was sitting at my desk and reading my post-its that remind me that God is good and sovereign, and don’t give up, and of course, breathe.

4. I am slowly improving in Cryptic Crosswords with the help of my good friend, Kaleen. If you don’t know about these, check them out!  They are mind-boggling.
5. According to C.S. Lewis, via Screwtape, the future is least like eternity (whereas the present is most like it) because all of our lusts, fears, and ambitions are rooted in the future. The future is pure fantasy at this point. As I think about our upcoming year and all the plans we made years ago that may not come to fruition, I am thankful that all I’m given is this moment. It’s all I can sort through. And it’s where God is meeting me.

The awesome silhouette of Wormwood in my classroom.

6. I cannot walk into Half-Price Books without buying a book. I’ve tried. I’ve given myself pep talks. But alas, it has not worked. The worst part? I don’t really feel that bad about it.

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The basket next to my bed.

7. Summer always brings my favorite foods… including fresh cantaloupe juice and (vegan) queso.  Each season ushers in rituals and traditions that at once feel familiar and new.

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What did you learn in April?