I finally sat down at my desk at 5:00pm and had time to think for the first time. I sat just breathing for a moment and let the meetings and the papers and the classes and the sheer craziness of the day wash over me. I looked across my desk to one of my favorite things. This silly purple pig was a prize won by my students last year for selling magazines as a fundraiser for our school. They earned Superpig because I asked them to do it. I had never won a pig before and these students tried extra hard just so I could have him. Groups that won the pig were entered in a pig race. Superpig got last place last.
I love this pig.
Whenever I am feeling a little down, I turn on Superpig and his snorting shuffle always makes me laugh. He reminds me that I work in a wonderful place with amazing students and dedicated colleagues, and no amount of crazy will ever change this.
I really needed Superpig to cheer me up. Batteries practically dead, he gave me what he had and I am grateful.
Tomorrow I will begin again.