I began today reading an excerpt from “Fairies” by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge which arrived in my inbox as the poem for today from the Academy of American Poets, and I was struck by the first line:
“Fairies begin their day by coming together a moment and sharing joy.”
What a lovely thought, especially as I was sitting in the faculty room at that moment, and while we share good times and bad for I am lucky to be part of a congenial faculty, there are more complaints than moments of joy. How often do any of us feel and share true joy? It is so easy to get caught up in our daily lives and the minutiae of modern life that we can let those moments of joy slip through our fingers.
My creativity of late has consisted of lesson planning rather than curtain making, and I sometimes feel guilty about the material still sitting on the side waiting to be made into something useful or pretty. But, those lesson plans designed to expose young ladies to great literature and examples of creativity (especially women’s creativity with the women in lit course I recently designed) are art as well. I need to make better use of my time to accommodate both the lessons and the sewing (or painting, or crocheting, or baking), but I also need to appreciate the creativity available in my working life. So today, I’ll discuss “The Cask of Amontillado” and “To Build a Fire,” and tonight I’ll go home and create a chocolate truffle torte. Tomorrow, I’ll share the chocolate, and thereby joy, with friends. Won’t you join me in “coming together a moment and sharing joy”?