Parinirvana Day commemorates the day that Buddha died, therefore his final release from karma and rebirth, his reaching final nirvana. It is either celebrated today, Feb. 8, or next Friday, Feb.15, depending on what sect of Buddhism you follow.
This is how I celebrated Parinirvana Day:
1. Had pancakes for breakfast.
2. Walked Gorilla Girl and Monkey Man, along with their mom, to their kindergarten cubby and locker.
3. Ate cheerios with my advisory.
4. Watched my 8th graders teach third graders how to write a paragraph about their celebration of the lunar new year.
5. Petted a live ball python which was wrapped around the arm of one of my former students, who was randomly walking through the school hallways with two of her friends.
6. Found out that a dear colleague is pregnant.
7. Went over possible research topics with my 8th graders after listening to their precis on The North Won the War but the South Won the Peace.
8. Showed a student who was interested in exploring gay issues in Chicago in the early 20th century where all the books on homosexuality were in the library. She was surprised and excited to find so much material on her project.
9. Discussed the movie Amour over lunch with a colleague, who has decided to see it a second time this weekend.
10. Watched the last part of The Help in activity period and, though I had some issues with the portrayals of some of the characters and the tone of the story, I still was all verklempt at the end.
11. Worked hard at the end of the day, settling down my afternoon Humanities class so we might get a bit of work done, but never got to the calendar of due dates for their research projects.
12. Discussed Ida B Wells’ contribution to the book The Reason Why the Colored American is not in the World’s Columbian Exposition with a student who is thinking she might do her research on this topic.
13. Ate spicy miso ramen before going shopping.
14. Noted how cool my shoes, pants, and vest looked from eye level.
15. Lit Shabbat candles.
16. Read Tricycle Magazine in bed.
One has to be very observant. Enlightenment wears at least 16 different disguises.