Hello. With the school year coming to a rapid close (4.5 days left after today!), it is interesting to think about how all my life has been different here, and all the new things I’ve done. Following are a few of them, in no particular order.
1. I have eaten frog legs, squirrel, lychee fruit, and chicken feet. Those were each a first. The chicken feet and lychee were probably about the best tasting.
2. I have gone camping with a refrigerator.
3. I have cooked lots of green curry, and made granola bars, and baked bread to sell, and all kinds of culinary firsts.
4. I have lived in a room without an overhead light, with a ceiling so low that my hands touch it when I get dressed, and in a house with an honest to goodness attic from which I could get all kinds of furniture I wanted, or probably even a bedpan or walker if I wanted one of those.
5. I have attended youth Sunday School. When we left Texas I was so sad because I was just ready to move up to the next level, and now I have skipped all those levels, and gone straight to youth. Huh.
6. Teaching. Duh. I have been more of a parent than I have ever been before. I have tied so many shoes and bandaged scrapes and received so many prayer requests for loose teeth and chickens and that noses would stop running. I have tried to get fighting kids to make up, and scolded kids and received tons of notes and paper snowflakes and little paper hearts. And boy, do I know my special sounds and my five times table!
7. I have moved to a community alone where I knew one person. And I’m leaving with some friends and a boyfriend.
8. I have done lots and lots of grocery shopping. It kind of loses its appeal after a while. :P
9. I have seen more snow than I ever remember, and certainly done more driving in it than ever before, and I didn’t get stuck in it once! I’m rather surprised at that.
10. The wind is new to me. Wow, it is intense! It rakes your leaves for you, and blows your snow, and burns lots of calories.
11. Never had I done so much speaking in front of a crowd. I am not even one bit sad that all my chapels are done for the year. Mrs. Hooley had chapel last week, and she had my kids and I sing a few songs, because she liked that I taught them new songs. So we sang “King Ahab” and the gray goose song, and the pussy willow song that Mom taught us as kids. It was kind of fun, although I forget how much playing an instrument in front of a crowd makes me shake.
12. I had a birthday on a funeral. :)
I’m not ready to come home in some ways, but I am ready to see you all again regularly and not just in crammed little weekends. By the way, have I told you that K is moving to DC about the same time I’m coming home?! He’ll be about 3 hours from his family and 6 from us (depending where in DC he lives) which is much nicer than 13. But the job is a new venture, so if it doesn’t work out for PrimeStar to continue the DC branch of their company, he’ll get shipped back to Chicago. So if any of you have any jets to repair, be sure to contact PrimeStar so he can stay there.
I’m at school now, listening to “Butterfly Waltz” on my little bomb of a speaker, and waiting for the kids to show up and fill my day with noise. Today my room mother (who is Brianna’s mother) is taking the kids and me to a park for my birthday. I know, it’s not my birthday, but who am I to complain? They often celebrate summer birthdays some random day in the school year. And the kids have taken notes home to their parents from Valerie, so I’m not quite sure what to expect.
Also today there is a blood drive in Metamora which I’m considering going to. I’ve wanted to donate blood for ages, but I have nobody to go with me and I’m not sure where it is. And tomorrow is a bridal shower for Melinda. We teachers bought her a vacuum, in case you wondered. She’s an awfully nice girl, and her fiance and Stacie’s fiance are in each others’ bridal parties. And Saturday K is playing at a volleyball tournament in Iowa or somewhere which I’m not going to, and Sunday we are going to Steve and Lois Ulrich’s house for dinner. The next Friday is graduation, and that Saturday is a youth farewell party for K and I, and wow, stuff keeps coming up. Oh, and one really fun thing we did lately is on Tuesday evening Tricia, Stacie, Tammie and I went to Megan Ulrich’s gorgeous apartment for butter chicken and naan. Every inch of the meal was delicious, and the company delightful, and the house completely charming. ‘Twas fun.