Cheers to the Trees

When I get to the hospital, I park in the furthest parking lot.

I need the walk to prepare for my day of chaplain-ing, and at the end of the day, I need the walk to transition back into mom mode.  It’s part of my self-care.

But this morning was the first morning it was still dark when I arrived, and it seemed extra still and quiet somehow.

I watched other people arriving, mostly nurses this early, and saw them cut across diagonally for the shortcut into the tunnels that take us to the elevators that take us to our respective floors.

I stay on the sidewalk, because it is lined with bushes and trees.  The wind picks up as the storm clouds roll passed us in the sky above, and the earth comes alive around me.  I think of the verse in Psalms about the trees clapping their hands, and I feel their applause cheering me on as I push forward this early morning.  It is like a hug from Heavenly Father, and I feel that He is pleased… not because I did something or haven’t failed yet today, but just because I am His daughter.

When I do make it upstairs to my office, I watch the sun come up as I eat my oatmeal.

The colors are just starting to change on the trees, and it’s a beautiful morning in the city.

Nathan is at home, wrestling with feeding tube tapes while the children are busy in the playroom.

He gives them bagels for breakfast, and I am sad I am not there (and sad I am not in pajamas).

I left them homeschool work to do today, and he has activities planned, and I am glad that I do not have an overnight shift tonight.

I am weary from this week, and honestly admit I will be glad when my work today is finished, and I left in the crisp afternoon to walk past my trees again, giving them high fives for our good work today.

I will be glad to go back home tonight.

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About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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