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42: a year in review

My word of the year for 2019 was forty-two

( https://www.heatherjoy.org/home/oneword2019-42 ).


42 is Mo… the shiny, silver oxidized stuff used to make steel. (I think... Science, please help?)

42 is the atomic mass of calcium (Again, I love science, but….I could be wrong)

42: 4+2=6…

6 is divisible by 3 something about prime, perhaps? Awesome none-the-less!

42 is divisible by 3, how about some spirituality? The Trinity.

42 is the number of the greatest baseball player of all time.

42nd Street is a musical earworm and a great street to visit in NYC.

42 is the number of days before your Microsoft password expires.

The answer to every line in a cool cube puzzle equals, you guessed it! 42!

And finally...

42 is the answer to the meaning of life!


I used 42 to set my goals and through April I ticked them off the list fabulously! Then fluff~n~stuff hit the fan. By August, I was in the crab bucket just fighting for air. In October, I was praying for the end of time. And, now it is December. I have found hope, joy, and peace. Clearly, not all things went as planned but I take away lessons learned, chin held high, and love in my heart.


42 is Mo… the shiny, silver oxidized stuff used to make steel. I watched from afar as one friend went through neck surgery, one went through biopsies, and a local friend went through knee surgery. I taught teachers about Da Vinci, about the strange education this student had and the sketches he made. We discussed the relationship to the Da Vinci surgical methods of today. All of these little pieces came together as I thought of my friends, my students, and how we look at educating and creating strong, shiny, children.


42 is the atomic mass of calcium, a nutrient needed to fortify our bones. Health was a serious consideration this year. While calcium is not a problem, finding other sources of nutrients for the mind and body were. We found oat milk, it is amazing. I learned about the side effects they call “whistleblower syndrome.” It is real, and it is mentally and physically devastating. I am thankful for those who fortified me and kept me strong.


42: 4+2=6…

6 is divisible by 3 something about prime, perhaps? Awesome none-the-less!

Math… I learned there are amazing people I can count on. The folks who lift us up, who teach us, who remind us we have value beyond our assigned numbers.


42 is divisible by 3. While I question religion, there has never been a doubt where my spirituality rests. That for me is within my heart and allowed to stay safe, for now under lock and key.


42 is the number of the greatest baseball player of all time. This has been another year of bringing to the forefront the authors, artists, musicians, inventors, scientists, mathematicians, parents, teachers, leaders, and folks of every aspect of life that represent each of our children at school. Our children will look up and see the world through a window when they see themselves in the mirror of literature and life.


42nd Street is a musical earworm and a great street to visit in NYC. I was fortunate to travel this year. NYC, Philly, Rochester. Each time a memory made. NYC with my other Heather eating Tacos in an igloo and getting to watching Anastasia on Broadway! Getting 11 miles lost on the ISTE walking tour of Philly’s amazing murals and loving every minute of it. Meeting not only the amazing Anna but the amazing Matt in Rochester and having a blast. There were definitely songs being sung and music in our laughter


42 is the number of days before your Microsoft password expires. I will just leave this as the number of times I forgot my password... Oy!

The answer to every line in a cool cube puzzle equals, you guessed it! 42! Life is a puzzle. My biggest goal was not met. I did not graduate from GCU with a doctorate. I left at the start of the last class. That sounds ridiculous. But, GCU knows there is much more to it and so do I. My grades were good, but when everything tells your heart and mind to walk away and keep your integrity. Listen to your gut and keep your integrity.


And finally...

42 is the answer to the meaning of life! I am good. I have my crazy and amazing sons who are my world. I have a home, a pup, and a kitten. I have opportunities for 2020 and I have made a group of friends that I love and think are amazing.

With these last weeks left of 2019, I am content. I have life, hope, joy, and peace. I wish you these elements today, as we wrap up 2019, and forever forward.


Hope, Joy, and Peace

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