Ag Lit Bit"Source of Joy"
The orioles brought much needed joy. There seems to have been such a lack of joy this past month, but perhaps I was thinking of the glass half empty vs. half full. I was missing the continuity of seeing our teachers, our presenters, my co-workers, family, and friends. Those sources of joy were absent, and I was not seeing the new signs of joy as I was so stressed about what was next in this new reality.
I am a planner and don’t do well with uncertainty or procrastination so suddenly my world was full of both. As the weeks have passed, however, we’re all adapting and determining what we can do moving forward. We know we cannot host our annual Summer Ag Institutes, conduct face-to-face programs with young learners at camps and libraries, or finish our school visits.
Instead of wallowing in the world of cannot, we’re moving onto a new mindset wondering just how we can continue to forge new connections with some of our partnerships. During the summer months we are excited to share more virtual learning opportunities and bring new information to you and your families to create more educational and fun family time.
I am certain this month will bring new joys beyond the oriole visitors and afford all of us more time to appreciate some little things we maybe didn’t see last summer. Our son who made fun of birdwatching just last year is now regularly perched near the feeders observing the flurry of action that takes place daily. I also just noticed our 3-year-old vacant gourd bird house has a new family moving in. Glad I didn’t miss that!