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The Relentless School Nurse: 2022 Comes to a Crashing End, Literally!


It certainly might have been worse, I could have been sitting in my home office when the falling tree limb hit the skylight, but I was not! It was our first day of winter break, the day before Christmas Eve when the branch landed on our roof, causing the skylight to shatter in what seemed like a zillion shards of glass. I am super thankful that no one was hurt. 

My husband, Ed, saved the day by climbing out on the roof, not once, but twice, to ensure that the gaping hole from what had been a beautiful skylight, was safely covered up with a tarp. He braved the bone-chilling cold, icy rain that turned to snow while he MacGyvered a way to hold the tarp down under extremely windy conditions. 

The sunroom is off our dining room and was able to be closed off by a sliding door, but it is also my office space. The shattered glass is picked up, and the room is mostly intact, minus the hole in the ceiling. The roof will be repaired and hopefully, a new skylight will be installed sooner than later. Certainly, the tree will be trimmed way back, even though there are four beautiful and huge bird nests in the branches. 

It seems appropriate that 2022 would come to a dramatic end, as unwelcome as the rest of the past few years. What remains from this experience is a feeling of impermanence, another reminder of how life can change in a moment. Not that we really needed such a literal reminder, but I am paying attention to all signs from the Universe. 

2023, we are ready for you. Please be gentle, kind, and filled with health, love, safety, and answers to prayers. I am spending this winter break feeling very thankful for my family, friends, and friends who are family. These pandemic years have taken a heavy toll, but they have also exercised our “relentless” muscles to move forward regardless of obstacles thrown in our path. 

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

4 thoughts on “The Relentless School Nurse: 2022 Comes to a Crashing End, Literally!”

  1. So glad no one was hurt, just property damage. Life is indeed fragile, stay healthy and safe in 2023 the School Nurse profession needs your voice! Thanks for all you do Robin!

  2. Oh boy what a mess! Ed looks like the most friendly, game MacGyver!!! Grateful nobody hurt. The woods by our house are a little worse for the wear but nothing hit the house and remarkably, power stayed on. I’m afraid you will be finding reminders of 2022 (shards of glass) for some time to come. I’m not sure we need reminders. Maybe though. I’m with you, paying attention to all signs. Grateful for you and all of our colleagues who keep addressing the brick walls.

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