It's funny. I noticed after posting my flower photos last time that I'm not the only one fascinated with spring's flowers this week. It seems to be a thread running through many blog posts, and isn't that just lovely? We who write and take photos and share them in these spaces still marvel at the beauty around us, despite our age or location or vocation. But this is probably less about coincidence than it is about the fact that I read the blogs of people who share similar tastes as me. Whatever the reason(s), it's nice to know that there are others who are paying attention to the world around us.
This is the time of year that it gets extra busy at school due to end of the year celebrations. Last week I went to a temple to witness two of my students receive an award for a Holocaust Memorial contest. The two boys won for their musical composition. It was a sober yet amazing service. Today I attended another award ceremony for the same competition, but in the visual arts category. A student of mine received an honorable mention for her artwork, and it will be displayed at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk for a month. And this past Thursday, I attended our school's National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony, in which a number of my students participated. I love this time of year, when these amazing young people are being honored and recognized, because it reminds me of another reason I am so fortunate to be a teacher.
After the ceremony, Melissa and I went to one of my favorite coffee shops (I have three of them), and played a game of Battleship, a couple of hands of rummy, and then I taught her how to play gin rummy. We walked around Ghent for a bit, and went to a second coffee shop, just to spread the love around. Plus their baked goods are the best!