Today, I came home from work slightly tense. It is all okay. I have a new job and am adjusting to the responsibilities of it. In these early days, sometimes, I feel as though I need to prove myself. My gut tells me that this is a normal reaction to a new job. But, I hope it passes; I think the feeling will decrease as I become more established. However, I am really looking forward to doing some of what I was hired to do and that is teach! I hope to develop a program for our organization that will be revered and referenced when a group or a school in the area is looking for environmental education. Education is, in fact, what I know best. I know children, I know how to connect with them, and inspire them using our natural world. I have found some of the outreach duties to be really be taxing for the introvert inside of me. But, alas, any good introvert develops ways to cope with those responsibilities which force us out of our comfortable, quiet box. In the past, most of what I learned was done by forging ahead. And, this too, will work again to get me through these new experiences.
But, I long to get to the teaching part of my job. I will get a little “fix” on Thursday when I lead my garden club group for a local elementary school. We missed last month due to the extreme weather we’ve had here this year. It’s the first time in 14 years that I have ever had to cancel a garden club meeting! On Thursday, we will be talking about cactus. I love all the adaptations these plants have! They make for some exciting conversations. As an activity, which is always included as part of any experiential learning, we will plant Prickly Pear Cactus seeds to take home. If successful in their germination, (which includes not having parents throw the plants out), the Prickly Pears will be able to be planted outside and flourish in our Wisconsin home gardens. Can you tell that I am looking forward to Thursday’s lesson? I am.
Today, when I arrived home, my husband was cooking dinner. He was listening to music through the television, and it was tuned to Easy Listening. It was just what I needed! Soothing sounds emanated from the living room and calmed my nerves. “It Had to be You,” is playing now. Songs by Burt Bacharach, one of my favorite composer/musicians played earlier. We also heard, “The Sounds of Silence,” and “On Broadway” to name a few others.
Music can reset my mood, and take me to another place and time. These songs all reminded me of growing up in my parents home, when our stereo played albums on winter Saturdays that included Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Andy Williams, and Broadway musicals like Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and of course Bread, the Monkees, Carole King, Doris Day, and others. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” was a piece I specifically remember singing at the top of my lungs as I rode my bike around our neighborhood. Weird, I know. Then, and now.
Today, I really enjoyed hearing these pieces from my past. I miss the days of hearing the piano as my eldest son practiced after school, sometimes for hours on end. Classical pieces, sprinkled with some modern compositions were a daily treat. I am only now realizing how soothing that daily dose of music can be.
Now, I’ll just sit, have my tea, and listen to more songs. Ahhhhh, Relaxation!