1. How can a sad occasion like a memorial service be a fave? I've thought about this a bit this week since we attended a memorial service for a friend and former co-worker in LA on Saturday. It's always difficult and sad to see the family grieving and missing someone they love. But I was struck by the positive attitude of our friend's husband and children. They have hope in resurrection and that made all the difference. It was also great to see so many of our former colleagues--it was like a big party. I think our friend would have been pleased.
2. He asked, "What do you want to do on Mother's Day?" I answered, "No restaurants!" Then I thought about it. "Let's go for a hike." So we did. Yucca plants are blooming on the hillsides in Hill Canyon and Hawk Canyon where we hiked.
The wild mustard is in bloom, too.
3. This was the last week of school. Last week of correcting papers. As I've stated before, "I teach for free. They pay me to correct papers." I enjoy my students and love watching them learn to be better writers. But I also love my summers. Can't. Wait.
4. It's always so much fun to read the little cards my students give me at the end of the year.
"Thank you for working with us so devoutedly [sic]. It has helped a bunch, and will continue to help us. Again, thank you!"
"Thank you for teaching me how to improve my writing. You are a awesome teacher [sic]. You are kind, encouraging, friendly and always happy. Have a great summer."
"Thank you for all the fun things we did in class, which helped me with my writing. I really had lots of fun and look forward to next year. Enjoy your summer and see you in the fall."
"Thank you for this wonderful year you helped me improve my writing oh so very much. I made you sugar cookies but my brother ate them. :( Thank you!!" [NOTE: we discussed this--and, yes, her brother really did eat all the cookies she baked.]
5. It has been really really really hot here. Like melt-my-chocolate-candy, blister-my-bare-feet, make-me-sweat hot. In Southern California, heat+wind=fire. Have you heard on the news about the combination of heat, wind, and drought that is causing wild fires in California? No good news there. The fave is since our neighborhood burned last year, we probably aren't in danger of having another fire whip through near us. The other part of this fave is the heat is supposed to break by the weekend, and we can have some relief from the three digit temperatures. On the plus side, I have noticed that the heat has brought more blooms to the heat loving plants on my patio.
Heat, fire, funerals, flowers, hikes, thanks. Quite a disparity. This simply proves one can find blessings in all the hot messes of life. How are you?