The word today is present.
Remember I have to type for 5 minutes about this word.
So I thought of two things when I saw the word---being in the present and gifts. Being in the present can actually be very difficult for me, because I am such a planner. I am usually thinking three or four steps ahead. This can a good thing, because I am usually planning for lessons or activities etc. It helps to make life run smoothly. However, it can get me in trouble because I am overwhelmed by everything that has to be done and I want it to just be over and done with. Being a school teacher is the worst with this, because I want to get the material done, but the grading is just a killer and I want to fast forward it to being done!
Gifts are tricky things with me. I usually have very high expectations with gifts. I like to be surprised and have things that are very special and meaningful. However, if you asked me what that would be I have absolutely no idea. As a result, the person giving the gift has really no shot at succeed and I have no shot at being satisfied. I actually have started to not like Christmas as much as a result, because I think ooh all the presents that are coming when in all actuality at the end of the day I am rather let down to the big huge build up in my head. This year I did try to keep the build up at a minimum, and I think it seemed to help the after Christmas slump that often happens.