At least this year.... graduations, that is.
My oldest two graduated yesterday. My daughter decided not to walk, which saved us logistics of trying to figure out how to attend two ceremonies on two different islands. She flew in just in time to see her brotherʻs ceremony.
It was really, really long, and really, really uncomfortable. It was held in the Edith Kanakaole Tennis stadium - stadium seats are not my favorite), and there were 900 graduates. I am fairly sure my own college graduation was about the same size - and half the length. My younger son said, definitively, "I am not walking in four years; that was awful!" Oh well, I still had time to tear up when older son marched in to Pomp and Circumstance and turned around to wave at us (well, probably, really, his girlfriend). Also, by fortunate chance, happened to sit in the row below my best friend. We donʻt teach together any more, so it was super great to see her. She even brought a maile lei for my son. I am a terrible friend and didnʻt remember her daughter was graduating, too! Sonya is someone ver special!
I got a great picture of all the kids together (rare), and my son gave his sister the mortarboard cap to wear so they both looked like graduates!
On the farm front, Gibby Crazy Horse has an abscess brewing - I spent part of the morning soaking him up and giving him horse aspirin. Poor guy. I havenʻt had to deal with one of these for years, since I put Ohia down.
The bucklings are making no progress at all at cleaning that obnoxious new weed that is taking over the pasture, although they are valiantly trying. I think I need to think about more goats - or at least a doe, so I can raise my own goats. They are quite a bit more expensive than sheep here.
Two more weeks of school. Really only a week and a half - although the graduation is in 13 days. I would get a LOT more excited about this if I werenʻt teaching two summer school classes - writing intensive (with the emphasis on intense). I am excited, because I love to teach these classes and I am a little apprehensive, because I think I may just be flat out exhausted at the end of the 5 weeks. On the home front, this year has been - well, itʻs been terribly stressful. On the school front, itʻs been great - I have a new partner teacher whom I love working with. Weʻre even sharing a room this year, and itʻs been pretty cool. For one thing, I get to not have to totally float (weʻre short rooms, so one person in each department floats), and for another, we got to the point where we co-plan and so we get to see each other teach the lessons we planned together. The class that happens at the end of the day gets the best version of the lesson because we change right there. Fortunately, classes rotate around, so itʻs not the same class every day.
I think I need to get into blogging again - this is all over the place! Thanks for bearing with my ramblings.