See you in September!

Hello Friends,

It’s back to school time!

I’m looking forward to my first day with the boys and girls tomorrow. This year, I will have 25 second graders in my morning class and 24 in my afternoon class. I already met some of them last Friday, and they are just as eager as I am to start school. 🙂

I’ll be back in mid or late September.

Have a wonderful day!

With gratitude,

Elaine

Sunflower with bee

Celebrating Nandini

Today’s post is dedicated to my baby girl, Nandi!

On Monday, August 8th, we watched with pride and joy as our youngest walked across the graduation stage at Florida International University. She earned the prestigious title of: Doctor of Physical Therapy.

I bet you can imagine how my heart is bursting with happiness! I am so grateful for Nandi’s accomplishment.

Here is an excerpt from her Facebook post:

I’ve been a part of the FIU family for 9 years. NINE! Two years of preschool at FIU’s Children Learning Center. Two years of dual enrollment at FIU’s Academy for Advanced Academics. Two years of my remaining undergrad years before obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. And finally… 3 years of grad school for my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. 9 years- DONE. I couldn’t have done it without the support from all of my loved ones, friends, and classmates. WE did it. I’ve been in school since I was 5. Now at age 23, I can finally, finallllly, FINALLY say that I am done. Yeyyyyyyyy!! I’m excited for the journey that lies ahead.

 

National Coloring Book Day

Today is National Coloring Book Day – August 2nd is the day set aside to have fun with your colors and patterns. Nowadays, it seems that everywhere you turn, you see coloring books, and not just for the little ones, but for grown-ups too. This adult coloring trend is rapidly growing across our nation and who knows if it will stick around or would fade, as in the case of some other trends.

As a child, I didn’t have coloring books. I’m sure some children had them, but we didn’t have extra dollars for such luxuries. Instead, we made and colored our own drawings. As a result, I don’t have any particular inclination toward coloring books. I’m sharing this bit of information because I was surprised when I decided to start coloring bits and pieces of Nandi’s coloring book (Nandi is my baby, my last grown-up, 23 year old child).

Last week, I decided to color an entire page in Nandi’s book, instead of one or two drawings. I must say that it was very relaxing. I hear a lot about practicing mindfulness, but I did not expect to experience such inner quiet while my Crayola pencils glided slowly along the curves of the flower pattern and across the page.

There was no rush with the coloring – I took my time to audition the colors for each flower and once I got started, the minutes just rolled away and lulled me into a state of calm and peace. I was wrapped up in my quiet thoughts in the world of coloring. 

It was a good decision when I picked up Nandi’s coloring book and her colored pencils! Little did I know that I would enjoy coloring so much, or it would have given me the opportunity to write a blog post. I now have a deeper appreciation for adult coloring books!

Have you done any coloring recently?

Here is picture of my coloring.

Coloring

Celebrating National Coloring Book Day!