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One more covered sigh

Filed under : Fancypants Prep,Life in general
On June 3, 2012
At 11:10 pm
Comments : 4

I have to say, the whole working in a school thing totally feeds my “navel gaze sentimentally at your childhood” issue. Sorry! But remember that feeling, at the last week of school, when suddenly there was nothing serious left to study, classrooms got hot and lethargic, and all those “I can’t wait for freedom!” feelings shifted to “I will miss these people!” Yeah. Like that. This is the last week of classes and I am finding that as I write DONE on each class’ sheet in my book, there’s a bittersweet sensation. I’ll miss these kids and some of them even say they’ll miss me. I got to sign yearbooks! I haven’t done that since I was 17.


I just reread A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and liked it less than I did as a kid when I adored it and read it a hundred times. I found parts of it dull and trite, but that’s probably since I have outgrown the intended demographic. Anyway, it does this neat trick of making you feel nostalgic at the end of the book for the beginning when the heroine was abjectly poor, had few friends, and suffered in school. I’m not sure how it does that. But it’s often possible to have a tough time and a great time. Francie knows.

And now….UPDATE!

I got the grant!!!!1 So I will be doing two weeks of curriculum work. Also, I will be away most of the month of June after school ends next week (for me, after the kids go) on a grand tour of Lesser Visited But Great Cities of Our Nation. Then I’ll mostly be around. I am thinking of getting access to a pool around here, but it might cut into my Netflix time. Also, that whole “buy a bathing suit” aspect. We’ll see.

Summer. I can smell it.

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4 Comments for this post

  1. Elena says:

    Congrats on getting the grant! I hope you learn lots.
    I have been watching an episode here and there of That Girl on ME-TV, a new channel for me, since I upgraded. I always think of you. Not that you are ditzy, have a Donald, or are an aspiring actress–must be the hair. And the NY-ness. I was ages 12 to 17 when that show first ran and I see a lot of my own sense of fashion came from what Ann wore. Except mine were $2 home made versions, but still… That end of school sense of nostalgia hits us all one way or the other.
    Enjoy your exciting trips!!
    P.S. Betty Smith lived here in town forn 30 years. I used to live on the same block, but was not aware of her house then.

  2. Beth says:

    Signing yearbooks is AWESOME!!

    Congratulations on the grant.

  3. Becca says:

    Thanks, guys!

    Elena, I LOVED That Girl. You can ask Alex. I watched the reruns on daytime TV as a kid. I can still hum the theme song. V. cool about Betty Smith, too!

    Beth, you should see the picture of the computer with the smiley face I draw.

  4. Elena says:

    Diamonds, Daisies, Snowflakes,
    That Girl
    Chestnuts, Rainbows, Springtime…
    Is That Girl!

    I’ve had it stuck in my brain for 3 days–now you will too 🙂

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