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Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings

Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings

Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings

Last week brought sweeping changes and new beginnings for my family. As you imagine our heads spinning, I’ll take you right to the action:
  • On Monday Big Sister began her first day as a professional cosmetologist at Studio 139 in Hernando, Mississippi. After months of wrangling to even take her state board exams, she passed them with flying colors and started work this week.

Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings

  • Tuesday brought a big election day in our county. Big Sister and Older Brother voted for the first time.
  • After home schooling through the sixth grade, the Little Fella entered seventh grade at Lewisburg Middle School. He started school on Wednesday.

Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings

  • Saturday morning, we loaded Older Brother’s truck and our car and drove to Mississippi State University for the first of his college years. It was a bittersweet day, especially for Mrs. Right. As she fought sadness upon our return home, she found a very thoughtful note full of appreciation for her. Well played, Older Brother, well played.

Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings

Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings

  • Sweeping Changes and New BeginningsThe boys weren’t the only ones heading back to school this week. A phone call from out in left field on Saturday led to another conversation, which led to my accepting a teaching position at Northpoint Christian School. I will be teaching high school English (and one geography class) to students who have learning difficulties of various types. This news of sweeping changes and new beginnings for me has apparently begged two questions from those who know me:

Two Questions Answered

  1. Yes, I will continue to write. As a matter of fact, my writing group critiqued the first chapter of Season Two of the Coach Dave series last week. One of the series of blog posts I have written over the last two years is about a method for busy writers to “find” time to write. I’ll be engaging my own advice to find cracks and the occasional fissure of time between the busy parts of my life. Not only that, but I will continue to sharpen my own skills as I teach the next generation those same skills.Sweeping Changes and New Beginnings
  2. No, I am not returning to coaching. But I will continue to work to build players, parents, and coaches of youth sports through the Coach Dave series and the speaking opportunities it creates.
So many changes in such a short period of time. I am a rare breed who embraces change but, wow, the past week has been quite the whirlwind. I’ll be working toward a new writing schedule. I’ll see you back here soon. Thanks for reading.

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About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

10 Replies

    1. My students don’t realize it yet, but they’re headed toward some PND poetry!

  1. margaret mcelhenney

    Al you and your family have had a lot of changes in a short time. Good luck to all of you in all that you do.

    1. Margaret, yes we have! Thanks for the well wishes!

  2. Rita F Purser

    There have definitely been changes in your life and the lives of your family, but it sounds like they are all for the good. I know you will handle them with grace. Wish you and your precious family the best. Glad to know you will continue to write, but I would have never thought otherwise.

    1. Thanks, Rita, for your continued support!

  3. Tippa Feltman

    I saw your name last night at Parent’s Night and was wondering if it was you!!! So excited for you! NCS is amazing! Hope to see you around school! Say hi to Brenna if you see her!

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