Ran by this super cool tree this week- it's like a Truffula Tree!
Row of pretty crystals at the Ren Faire.
I went onto a new trail in a local park on my Thursday run and found these amazing stairs (ok, they were more amazing before going up them at mile 4 and 98% humidity). But I loved the quiet trail running rather than the busy sidewalk!
I love having kids do exit tickets, a quick sign if they mastered what I taught!
Too often in our society we push or fix aside what isn't perfect. The wobbly chair. The slow electronic devise. The no longer shiny appliance. Last year's clothing styles. The squeaky floor board.
But what about those imperfections give the item character? Can imperfection be embraced? According to the Japanese belief of wabi sabi there is a beauty in such imperfections.
wabi stands for the imperfections, the loneliness, the asymmetry, or the simplicity in an object. Natural or human made, the object has a flaw, but the flaw provides a distinct and unique beauty to the object.
sabi refers to those imperfections that come from the passage of time. The object's beauty grows overtime as it's worn and torn and decays. Rust, rotting wood, discoloration, they all make for an object that has become more beautiful as time has passed.
Living in an old city, there are so many examples of wabi sabi around. On the surface, at first look, one can think "another tired city" but I see stories and a history...if rust and old splintered wood could talk...what stories would they share?
I did an 11 mile run last weekend and mapped it out to end at Kane's Donuts downtown. They make gluten and dairy free donuts (in a dedicated kitchen and fryer) and I heard they were amazing. It was an experience. I haven't had a glutenous donut in over 11 years and this was as good as any "real" donut I can recall from my childhood!
My toaster died this week. I've had this little thing for 7 years and it was my Zayda's before that. It's lived in Florida and NY with him and DC and Boston with me. Not going to lie, I was a touch (or more) heartbroken when it finally quit...
On Friday, I gave my kiddos a growth mindset activity. They had to recreate a paper formation that I had put on the table (it was tricky for me). They couldn't touch the one I had made and had to work together. I had some really determined kids and a few great exasperated face palms. One kiddo got it (and proudly posted it to her "student story" on Class Dojo)! They had a great time and tried to use positive self-talk, too!!
I finally made it to the SOWA market down in the South End. It's an assortment of open air markets: farmer's, arts, vintage, and craft.
I love markets like this. Just walking and browsing about.
Looking at the goods. Chatting with the vendors.
There were so many dogs begging for attention and I loved how they had a variety of hula hoops out and about for people to try plus a giant jenga and Connect-4 game.
I just love the vibe of people wanting to be engaged in the scene!
I'm glad I finally made it down there! I have never been to that part of the South End and loved the area!