Sometimes its the little things.
A small thing can ruin your day.
Or a kind gesture can totally lift your mood.
That was me the other day.
I was tired.
Two 6 day weeks back to back made me cranky.
I mean, for real, I like being a part of the Speech and Debate team.
But this time of year is exhausting.
In general, I can fake it til I make it.
At least in front of the kids.
That afternoon, though, a little thing just crushed me.
Classes were over, but I had a two hour meeting to attend.
Not the fun kind with food and time to multi-task.
The difficult type with hard conversations and big personalities.
I walked in my classroom to gather my things and noticed a pile on my chair.
The copies I requested had been delivered.
I was super excited...
Then I looked more closely.
Only to realize that what I needed was single sided and grouped.
What I got was double sided, collated, and stapled.
It was stupid how crushed I felt by that discovery.
Its not a big deal, the copies could easily be redone.
This week, I am tired and stressed and I have a lot of stuff to do.
So even the short time it would take to remake some copies weighed heavily.
There was nothing I could do right then.
I headed out after checking in with my neighbor after setting up a few kids to work in my room.
Two hours later, I headed back to my room.
I anticipated needed at least another hour to prep for the rest of the week.
Ten minutes or so devoted to copy making.
When I walked in my room, I found the kindest surprise.
My neighbor had remade my copies and enlisted my students to cut them for me.
It was a small thing, but it made me feel about ten pounds lighter.
It still took me almost an hour to get out of there.
But because of that small thing, I ended the day on a positive note.
The little things are really the best.