Let's see, who was right? Gumbo Lily, Farm Girl, and MK! As I think about my new students, this photo is a good reminder of the depth and girth of the individual. All these years later, I can see how much I missed back then! I wish I had kept a Harriet the Spy notebook of observations of my classmates. I may have loved them more. As I recall, I kept pretty tight with my good friends (Bubs was my best friend and she's on top, on the far left). As a teacher, it's my privilege to observe and love each student. I look at the names on my class lists and I can't begin to imagine them, but I will. Yahoo!
Without photos, I wouldn't be a blogger. I'd simply stick with my own journal. Using images to describe what I like is helpful and defining and you're nice enough to take an interest. Miraculous! Anyway, I find my Knitting Workshop videos comforting. Elizabeth Zimmermann was a soothing knitting instructor and listening to her voice in the background as I knit stripes of bright color delivers surprising peace and tranquility.
I spent yesterday at Kelli's house (a baby shower and some girl-sitting) and this is one of my favorite scenes over there. I remember when she chose her wedding dishes. That was a fun mom-day for me.
Here's another cool photo. I will hold our trip to Maine in my heart forever. I remember the surge of HUGE love I felt for my great God as I rode on the whale watching boat. The water. The smell of the salt air. The islands around me. The dolphins!
When Bill and I walked around Bar Harbor, I felt like the luckiest person alive. It was so accessible, so welcoming, so PERFECT. We probably won't go back because there are many places we haven't seen, but we will use our "getaway" opportunities to visit the sea. That is firmly established.
Lobster rolls. I can't describe the yumminess.
As I prepare to meet my eleven year old students, I'm glad I've been rereading Harriet the Spy. Louise Fitzhugh wrote an astonishing story, all those years ago. Each time I read the book, I love Harriet even more. Have you read it? I like the movie, too. It doesn't come close to matching the richness of the story (of course!) but I still love it.
Speaking of movies, Bill and I are going to the movies at lunch time! I can't wait. Popcorn for lunch and a rare for me Coca-Cola (LOVE!)
Tomorrow is my last day of vacation. I'm trying to plan what I will do to make it special and memorable. Any ideas?