MAKE IT A GREAT DAY: My Playground

It’s my kind of morning!

The cardinal is bellowing away his morning cantering song. The breeze is in Oscar Hammerstein II mode. It’s 70 degrees. The Quartet is animated and well into its morning routine. And, I am on the deck to work.


No, my work is actually my playground. I get to work with ideas, research, writing, planning, and studying music and history. Believe me, while it may seem like work, it is my playground where I get to explore the world around me and the world that interests me.

Some mornings, it’s difficult to contain the excitement when there’s a spark in my belly that is fostered and fueled by passion. Some mornings the spark isn’t as bright as other mornings, but that’s okay. It knows when to broaden the flame when needed. My students get to see it more regularly because I am a monster for collaboration as we observe, fix, create, and grow. What the students do not realize is that while they are developing and cementing techniques or skills, I am growing, too. It’s a fascinating life. Really.

When I am at The Atrium station at the park, I have the luxury of listening to a short documentary on Charles Kettering that inspires me each time I listen to it. Sometimes, I don’t even realize it is playing in the background but it continually embeds the terrific message into my brain and sparks so many ideas and opportunities.

Whatever awaits you on this day on your own playground, just make it a great day!

PHOTOS: Mary Lincoln daylilies and The Sisters

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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