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Everyone needs a little bit of joy.  Some days, we need more than others.  Today was one of those days.

My freshman class really drained me today.

Each one of us has only so much “life force energy” at any one moment.  (That’s not any religious theory, just my personal observation).  The people you interact with can either help you recharge your life force batteries, or drain you to the point of no recharge, like an old ipod.

As much as I appreciate and love my students, there are days that they suck all of my energy, so that I have nothing left to give.  This makes me particularly cranky when I come home and I want to focus on my kid(s) and hubby, but I don’t have anything left for them.

After school today, I had zero energy.  I wanted to be present for my family, but I was definitely wearing my frowny face.

In my crabby pants, I sat and listened to my daughter practice her violin.  She’s about four weeks into her lessons, and isn’t all that screechy for a newbie.  Today she only took one break, and even tried some to sight read some new exercises.  I was really proud of her.  After each successful line, she swooped over to give me a kiss.  Each kiss recharged me a little.

Later, we snuggled on the couch and watched the muppets.  As I tucked her into bed, we spoke fake German and I sang her lullaby in fake Swedish.  We said goodnight with giggles and hugs.

My daughter helps me charge my batteries.

She is joy.

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