I guess I’m cheating a little, since it’s now morning of the 26th. No big deal =)
1. I was the only one in my little assignment group in Spanish class (llamado “Valencia”)–four of us–who actually did the assigned homework, so I got to spend the discussion time lecturing my three fellow class mates on “What was the second spanish republic. Who was the king just before this republic? Why/how did the republic begin? What were the symbols of the republic?” That was fun, and went well because my insatiable curiosity drove me to do this simple gentle research assignment, mostly on wikipedia. It’s in preparation for watching “Lengua de Las Mariposas”, which was released in the states with English voiceover in 1999 under the title “Butterfly”. But we’re watching the original spanish version in class next week. I’m looking forward to it–looks like a good story.
2. part 1 of lovely date with Megan. We went down to the seattle folklife festival, which is from what I understand the biggest and best folklife festival in the country–2 dozen stages with music all weekend. The people seemed to be the kind of people I could identify with. we had a lovely time, danced a little, walked around, talked. part 2 of lovely date with Megan. We went to My Sweet Lord, Seattle first free vegetarian restaurant, down in the U-district. Radhika Devi, who runs it, was just amazingly gracious and kind and lovely–she referred to us, as a noun of direct address, as “lovely people”. She did a little ritual at the shrine at the end of the restaurant and lit a lovley little light which was made of a cotton wick and virgin olive oil in a little … bowl, and invited us to partake of the warmth, and served us a lovely vegetarian meal for free. It felt very … buddhist, but in a lovely way. The reason this date went well, we found out afterwords in talking, is because we both secrety decided to be purposefully very kind and loving to each other at the beginning of the date. That was delightful, and we both said “Let’s purposefully secretly decide to be very kind and loving to each other on a regular basis!”
3. My delightful children were a little grumpy/resistant in the process of being put to bed, and I was able to maintain a calm, gracious, gentle attitude (which *isn’t* always the case with me). This went well because I just decided “Dammit, I’m going to be nice and gentle and gracious!”