1. Fourteen juniors and seniors dressed to the nines with resumes and portfolios in hand. Fourteen professionals from the area who spent two hours of their day doing three mock interviews with each student. We circle around afterward and laugh about the trick questions: "How would you fit an elephant into a refrigerator?" "I'm glad you asked that. May I demonstrate?" The student who shows up with his fly duct taped together, a last minute fix to an unexpected problem. The story of the shoe sent after an interview in order to "get a foot into the door."
They are good people, and I'm wishing them well into future where they will continue to Become and Be under the guiding protection of the Gift Giver.
2. Laughing with old friends about ending up like Stanley Kunitz, growing old and bent over until eventually I'm simply plowing the garden with my forehead. And "everything is going to work out just fine" and "can we come visit on Sunday?"
3. Nora's teacher stopping me to say how much Nora is learning, how she's doing well, making progress. For the last two weeks, there's been a major change in her: she is thriving, no longer cries when I leave her, gets dressed in the morning without grumbling (much), and can write her alphabet.
4. (Bonus goodness!) Hearing him laugh warm and open and real.
Extras: And surprise text prayers from friends, my mom's unchanging love of me (tyrant that I was and can still be at times), another friend's brave admission of change and growth and the unknown--the tears in her eyes and the smile that says, "I don't know, but I will anyway."