Now, of course there are a multitude of blessings that have arisen because of this fiasco. When folks found out we had to unload our stuff from the Russian Mob Moving Truck into our own moving truck, we had three strong boys and a Tetris master teacher who showed up to help load bearing Chick fil a for lunch. My room mom this year brought a case of cold waters for us, my grammar school principle sent the SOS out and I was bombarded with phone calls and texts from folks asking how they could help. We were given a guest room to stay in for two nights that came with dinner and late night encouragement. And now I get to drive across the country with my brother and dad which will be both an good time now and a good story later.
So what do you do when nothing seems to be going right? There was maxim that we taught our students this year. We would say "When you get knocked down," and they would reply, "Smile and get back up." Roll with the punches in a sense. Keep on truckin'. The temptation is to feel defeated, and certainly you will feel a sense of that. It is normal I think. But don't be defeated. Turn every situation into an opportunity. For me I took the opportunity to write a blog post. It's not huge, but it is something. Maybe it will help me turn this into a good story later, assuming, of course, the Russian mob doesn't come after me.