Just getting home. It’s 8:00. Luna needs a cuddle and then sits on my yoga mat, reminding me to NOT check my email because I’m home and not at work. I move to the mat, still in my work clothes and flow a little. Sit in pigeon. Give her fluffy cheek kisses. She watches me move. And grooms (ohhhhh luna 🙄🤦🏼♀️) and then I tell her about my day. I’m exhausted but also energetic. Does that make sense? We had a full day and then curriculum night for parents. Lots of talking. I am an introvert but can throw on the extrovert cloak when needed ... after a while though, it feels like silence is the only thing that can calm me. This moment right here, is the calm after the storm. ———————
I did something in my teaching today I hadn’t quite done yet this year. I end all my grade 7-9 p/e classes with some yoga (it’s a full class of boys and they generally aren’t receptive the the ‘slow boring stuff’ but cool down is necessary after activity!!!). Today they were especially bouncy. We played ringette and the competition was HIGH. Instead of moving, I had them lay there on the yoga mats for the 10 minutes in silence (which is hard for my students as they all have a designation or diagnosis). I’ve never heard silence from these boys like I did today. When we returned to the class, wiggling our hands and feet to wake our body up, the boys put away their mats. One of them stopped me and said “ms.howie, I didn’t realize how much I needed the quiet”. I stopped and thought “damn, me neither”. For all the credit communication is given, I would like to suggest we give some to quiet as well. It can work wonders sometimes.