School begins

Sunrise in the fog first day of school, 2017

Fog creeping in.

Today was the first day of school in Linton and Hazelton. James, Kathy and I all rode together to the great north. When I looked out the east window of our bathroom early this morning, I was greeted by a layer of fog inching its way across the yard from the creek. It was as Carl Sandburg wrote coming in like a cat slinking across the yard. Ironically Roger was so tired and lazy I couldn’t get her to have a nibble of her food while I brushed my teeth. Her regular cat food is kept in the bathroom so that I can monitor her with it so that Sophia cannot get at it because with her thyroid condition, she needs to stay on a strict special diet, but I am off task here.

The bell!

After dropping off Kathy and James in Linton, I headed to Hazelton to the first day of a possible six to eight week stint of substituting in the special education classroom. The regular teacher was there with her husband to witness their oldest son on his first day of kindergarten. They have a wonderful tradition there with the bell that is shown in this picture. On the morning of the first day of school they all gather around the bell and the superintendent welcomes everyone then the kindergarten students all step up together and take a hold of the rope and ring the bell together to signal the beginning of the school year. At the end of the year on the very last day of school, the entire school gathers again to witness the seniors gathered around the bell to ring out the end of another year. It is a wonderful tradition for the students and everyone really enjoys it. I did not take any pictures of the crowd because I don’t believe in posting pictures of students without permission. Anyway, I have been fortunate enough to witness this event about three times since I have been a substitute in this school and I have always felt how special it is.

Paulina and I will be heading to Jamestown on Thursday morning to take her back to campus where on Monday she will have her last, first day of school as an undergraduate and Elisabeth will have her first, first day of college. I am excited for them. I hope that they are able to spend good time together and have lots of fun together and make some memories with each other that none of the rest of us will ever understand. I don’t believe either one of them knows what a gift this one year together will be for them as cousins. Jessica and Victoria and Peren had pretty much all of high school and college together and there are things that they shared that we are hoping we never know, just saying. Hope Paulina and Elisabeth are the tame version of cousins at UJ. Hmmmm sounds like a good reality show. Maybe if we could find them a sponsor, we might be able to cover their tuition and board and room, and the moms and dads could keep out of hock sending them there. Enough! Enjoy you beginning of the end of summer and the rapidly waning days of fall.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Missy's Crafty Mess
    Aug 23, 2017 @ 13:15:15

    I love the bell. The fog is beautiful as long as you don’t have to drive in it.

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