Yoga and Coffee

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Spring semester is winding down, projects are wrapping up and finals are looming in the near future.  Isaiah had a little hiccup this semester that is still making me laugh, so (with his permission) I just have to share. The caveat is that I’m probably going to miss some important details and when Isaiah reads it, he’ll want to set the record straight, so watch for a potential apology and an update.

Last winter when he registered for spring semester classes, Isaiah planned to take a yoga class. He registered for three different classes, intending to drop two once he chose the class he liked best. The yoga classes are only half a semester long, starting after spring break – and this is where his problem began. Spring break came and went, and he completely forgot about yoga – and all three classes.

Reality struck a week and half into the “half semester” when yoga came crashing into his mind. In a panic he realized it was too late to withdraw without a “W” on his transcript (actually, three W’s), but he had also missed so many classes that he didn’t know if he could pass. Three failed classes would seriously mess up his pristine GPA.

The instructor had mercy on him and said she would pass him in all three classes as long as he didn’t miss any more this semester. He now spends four hours each Tuesday and Thursday taking yoga; that’s a lot of yoga, friends, even for a young, fit kid. Good thing he’s been practicing yoga for years and is good at it. Did I mention he’s also taking Hip Hop?

And the picture above? That’s Isaiah drinking tepid coffee straight from the pot during a quick stop at home between classes.

I’m continuing my Remembering Moments series, but today I need to laugh.

How was your weekend, friends? Take a moment to say hello.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

20 Comments

  1. Angela Arnett Stone
    April 20, 2015

    This makes me smile. Glad he won't get Ws or Fs. 🙂

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  2. Robin Douglas
    April 20, 2015

    Lisa, thanks to you and Isaiah for a good laugh! It's funny how many of us adults still have college-related nightmares! Love to you and your crew!

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  3. Leeann Ward
    April 20, 2015

    Hahaha! This is literally a recurring nightmare that I have–that I realize toward the end of the semester that I've forgotten all about going to a math or science class. I've been out of college for almost 10 years and I still have this dream about once every three months, it seems.

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    1. Gloria
      April 20, 2015

      Me too!! I've been out of university 23 years and I still have that nightmare!

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  4. Sharon
    April 20, 2015

    This is a hilarious story! Thanks for sharing it – I needed some laughter today.

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  5. Nancy
    April 20, 2015

    That is so funny! I am 48 and have been out of college for MANY years and I occasionally have nightmares that I forgot to go to a class I registered for until it is too late. 🙂

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  6. emily
    April 20, 2015

    Laughing with you. I drink tepid coffee myself, when I can get it, and ran 3 miles very slowly this afternoon.

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  7. Julie Gumm
    April 20, 2015

    I have a recurring nightmare that I completely forget about a class I registered for until half way through the semester and I somehow have to figure out how to make up all the missed work.

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  8. Rebecca
    April 20, 2015

    This is the stuff of college nightmares! (Only I have to say that yoga would not be the forgotten class.) I'm impressed by his willingness to see it through! On the topic of coffee, my now-husband went to his doctor in college with complaints of a racing heart and trouble sleeping. The doctor asked how much coffee he drank, and the mystery was gone. The answer: two pots a day.

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  9. Emily and Ben
    April 20, 2015

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    We love him so much.

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  10. Heidi Mehltretter
    April 20, 2015

    I have this dream all the time, I can't believe it could actually happen. Now I'm really dreading having it again:) – that is so very funny, though I bet not after 4 hours on Thursday!

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  11. Emily
    April 20, 2015

    I had a bad dream like that as a recurring nightmare for years. Except, in my dream, I never remembered until finals week. I'm glad that the instructor was gracious!

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  12. DFNY
    April 20, 2015

    4 hours of yoga, twice a week?! LOL How does he have time for anything else? I'd need more than a long nap. So funny. Keeping a perfect GPA is definitely a good incentive.

    Damaris

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  13. Laura
    April 20, 2015

    Oh I remember when Isaiah walked in the family room–he had such a funny look on his face that I offered to leave the room. When he started to tell us the story I actually had to try not to laugh since at that time it was not really funny to either of you—of course now it is and it will be even funnier a year from now. But boy will he be limber and in great shape by the end of the semester.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      April 20, 2015

      I always tell my kids that the hard things in life will make great chapters in their books. This will be a good one for Isaiah.

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  14. Teresa
    April 20, 2015

    Thanks for sharing something that made you laugh – it brought a smile to my face which I needed. It's been a difficult day is this household with one of our kids from "hard places" who disappearred for a couple hours this evening. Not the tragedy that you have faced, but difficult, draining and discouraging. Thanks for sharing through your grief and challenges. I appreciate your openness – it is refreshing.

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  15. Luann Yarrow Doman
    April 21, 2015

    I needed this laugh today. Thank you. But poor Isaiah! My husband and I tried a Yoga video once. After about three minutes, we both thought we were going to die. I can't get my head around 4 hours in one day!

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  16. Michelle
    April 21, 2015

    Love this! 🙂

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  17. That is a lot of yoga! This is a funny story to me because even though I graduated college about 10 years ago, occasionally I have a dream that I forgot to go to my math class and now they tell me I have to go back and take the math class again or I will lose my diploma!

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  18. John Smith
    May 9, 2015

    This is the stuff of college nightmares! (Only I have to say that yoga would not be the forgotten class.) I'm impressed by his willingness to see it through! On the topic of coffee, my now-husband went to his doctor in college with complaints of a racing heart and trouble sleeping. The doctor asked how much coffee he drank, and the mystery was gone. The answer: two pots a day.
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