I was tired today. I felt the blues breathing down the back of my neck. But I did not give in. I was expecting him to come calling.
I attribute it to my unfortunate food indulgences over the last 2 weeks. I have eaten gluten, dairy and sugar. But I am back on track today. I had a nice breakfast with my mother this morning. Scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, tomato slices, orange juice and black tea.
For lunch, more tea and a huge salad.
For dinner, cajun shrimp, rice and veggies.
I had a few students today. It was a light day, as many are still on winter break. Good thing, because about half way through the day, I wanted to just lay down on the floor and pass out. I was that tired.
But one of my family members in crisis called just about that time. So instead of laying on the floor in the church sanctuary where I teach on Saturdays, I got on my knees and prayed. After work, I headed to the gym. I sat in the sauna. Then took a nice hot shower. My family member in crisis and girlfriend called and asked if I would meet them at the mall. I agreed. I got there early and sat in the food court with my dinner. I decided to use the time to read from my Joyce Meyer book (The Mind Connection: How the Thoughts You Choose Affect Your Mood, Behavior and Decisions). I am in the last few chapters. Still underlining furiously.
I am so thankful I had this book, my bible and notebook with me. I often feel like a bag lady, traveling around with my bag of books and backpack full of gym clothes, snacks and toiletries. But one never knows what one might need when one is a commuter!
I ate up the words in the book today faster than I could swallow my Cajun shrimp.
I had just read the story about the "Eagle Who Thought He Was A Chicken" (http://www.biblewaymag.com/the-eagle-who-thought-he-was-a-chicken/) when my family member in crisis and girlfriend appeared. They were holding hands and grinning.
We had a lovely visit. They asked what I was reading and I showed them the cover. The girlfriend, is a sweet, intelligent young lady. She was very interested in the book. She arched and eyebrow at her boyfriend. He smiled.
I think my prayers helped. I asked him if he'd like to hear the story about "The Eagle Who Thought He Was A Chicken". He said he would, after he got his dinner.
So they sat out to check out their options from the food court. And when they got back, I read the story aloud. There in the food court of a crowded mall.
And we were all ok with it. We even had a bit of a discussion about it's meaning to each of us afterward. I was so happy, I wanted to jump and down. But I controlled myself.
I exhaled deeply as we hugged and parted. My depression has departed. I was able to help my family member. And now I am going to get a good night's sleep.
I leave you with a video of me dancing with Baby Gracie last night. It appears that she expects me to dance with her at bedtime. We danced to a whole Elton John CD, before she fell asleep in my arms. She slept from 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. No fussing whatsoever.
Prayer, music, dancing, laughter, story telling... I think I know what I am putting on my New Year's Additions this year!
Talk to you tomorrow!
P.S. Here is today's hooping video. Day 193!