Sunday, March 29, 2015

More Alike than Different

Yesterday, Drew and I stopped at Panera Bread to have an afternoon snack, when Drew made a new little friend. We were sitting by the window wall, and this kid, maybe 7 years old and sitting on the other side of the window (he was out on the patio), knocked on the glass to get Drew's attention.

The kid pointed at his own black and white Converse shoes and then at Drew's. When Drew realized they were wearing the same shoes, he smiled and laughed, and the kid gave a thumbs up and did a little dance. Drew returned the thumbs up.

After that, the kid made reference to his own long hair and then pointed at Drew's. More thumbs ups, smiles, and dancing.

Following that similarity, the kid pointed at his cargo shorts and then at Drew's. They were practically twins! It was so adorable.

I thought this moment was really neat, and here's why: this young person chose to see the similarities between him and Drew, rather than the differences. He saw the two of them as more alike than different.

Even though he was a kid and Drew was a grownup.

Even though his skin was black and Drew's white.

Even though his hair was in ebony dreadlocks and Drew's wavy and blond.

It was a sweet moment that I wish the rest of the world could have seen.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Springy Thingies

The sun is out and starting to get warm! I just got back in after cleaning out the shed and pulling weeds in the flower beds. I'm ready to start planting some new things soon. Thinking I might actually try some vegetables this year like tomato and bell pepper.

Though it's very pollen-y out there, I think my allergy shots may finally be kicking in a little bit. I'm still having some trouble, but I'm not knocked on my ass like I was last year, so that's good.

For my spring reads, I'm finishing up the Frankenstein series by Dean Koontz. These books have been fast reads and just what I need during those breaks in between working on my graduate coursework.

In addition to grad school, I've also gotten an 8-week teaching gig at the ELI. This is a Level 1 Grammar/Writing class. And it's the smallest class I've ever taught at 2 students! But I'm learning quite a bit--and also spending a lot more time on lesson plans than I would a large class, so that's good experience, too.

Hmm, what else? I'm just glad spring is, or at least seems to be, here for North Texas. I'm definitely someone strongly affected by the weather and the amount of sunshine outside. More sun = happier Carrie.

Anybody have any plans for spring? Doing some cleaning? Gardening? Going out for more walks? Feel free to say hi in the comments :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Reminds me of Malynko

I do not know who the artist is. Wish I did.

This guy looks a lot like how I pictured Malynko when I wrote the angel trilogy.


Okay, back to reading scholarly articles and creating power point presentations for class... (So much for "Spring Break"!)