For about 3 years, one of Gabriel’s favorite movies was “Finding Nemo.” The lines from that movie are seared into my memory and occasionally life circumstances bring them to the forefront. Now that I am a few days removed from one of the most stressful presentations I have completed as an educator, I can go back to enjoying life’s small moments. Naturally, those precious moments relate to my boys. Because as most parents know, life goes on (even as we are trying to figure out how to conquer the next professional hurdle.) Kids go to school, playgrounds and practices. Fore example, Gabriel is currently taking swim lessons. In the midst of my restless energy and nerves, I asked him how it was going. His rather banal response: “Fine. We just swim [...]” triggered Dory’s infamous Just keep swimming line. Not that I recommend relying on Pixar films for spiritual inspiration, but when life presents it’s challenges, it’s not a bad place to turn to for a smile and push forward.
Dory and Marlin’s expressions are priceless. It’s so obvious who’s the teacher and who has to learn a life lesson. (Hands up if your kids or students have given you this look.) HA! And here’s the project that inspired me all week.
It’s about my Gabriel at one of his swim lessons. I love his cute goggles and his confidence. Once I picked out the bubble paper from Studio Calico, this layout came together rather quickly. I started this project so that I could showcase his progress report. The picture came later. It’s rather simple but both pieces can be removed from the page–if he wants to take a closer look at his report. (The wonders of washi!) The wooden elements from Studio Calico and Basic Grey are my current favorites.
I hadn’t planned to share this one but it struck a cord with me. It was only a couple of years ago that Gabriel would hesitant in the pool and become too nervous to master his techniques. That’s not the case anymore. This is one of the few shots we have of him where he slowed down long enough for the camera to capture him. I wanted to record his progress so that he could always remember how he overcame his fears to not only learn something new but also to enjoy the process. That’s a powerful lesson for anyone, me included.
Anxiety, restless energy, stress, nerves, whatever you call it, I’m just glad it’s behind me. I hope your week is off to a promising start. And if it’s not remember: Just keep swimming,