Now that I’m back in Illinois, I really get to spend some quality time with my parents and enjoy what they do. Living away from home for 4 years has given me a good reset on valuing different portions of my life that I took for granted. With the One Love prompt we were given this week for the Project 52 challenge I’m in, I slowed down a little bit to listen to my heart.
Yeah, I know that sounds cheesy, but do you ever have those moments where you suddenly see the small things that bring you such joy, happiness, pride, and hope? For me, I wanted to find those moments during the time I spent with my parents.
It’s only a few weeks away from school starting, which means my mom has been going to the school to set up her classroom. She gets so excited to start school again and see what her 1st graders will inevitably teach them, and she fills her classroom with so much passion.
I rode my bike to her school while she was working on decorating her classroom and brought my camera along. There were so many great shots that I captured of the classroom (you know, TONS of color everywhere and posters on every wall), but this one was my favorite.
She was reading a poem that is supposed to be sung to different common tunes – Jingle Bells, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, etc. Her cracked smile is when she almost forgot the tune to one, but quickly recovered. I love my mom.
I’m so thankful that she could be a stay-at-home mom while we were growing up. I know she loved being with us in those moments. However, I’m prouder that she did that as well as got back into the career field she was called to – teaching kids. She is quite the inspiration.