i’ve fallen off the walking bandwagon. actually i jumped off and landed with a heavy thud. been sitting where i landed since april. staring around and wondering how to get back up. i let the busy times of online class preparation carry me along further and further away from my life as a Walker. too much to do. no time. need the morning light for filming. too tired. can’t get out of bed. too busy planning lessons for school. and so on and so forth.
but oh i have dreamed of it! thought about it. remembered how good it feels to climb a hill and feel i’ve accomplished something big. for those of you who move easily through the world in your body this may be a foreign language you don’t understand. but if you have lead in your caboose instead of fire and weights on your shoes instead of wings, you may know of what i speak. concentrated effort must be put forth in order to get the arse moving.
but gentle readers here i am. blowing my own trombone. sending out a dispatch into the world to let you know i have risen. up out of my chair. i have flung open the doors of moss cottage and strode out into the world. down shady paths, beside meandering succulent paths where cactus are blooming and crepe myrtle trees are making their very own crinkly pom poms. past lotus blossoms, over bridges, through oak woodlands, down brown earthy trails where the scent of lilies billows out across the gully of ferns. and long glossy lily leaves wave their dark leaves as i walk by.
and yesterday i found what i presume is a beetle on the path. i picked him up and he had very sticky legs that didn’t want to unstick themselves from my hand. but i oh so carefully unstuck each leg and set him on this tree and a minute later he rose off the bark like a tiny helicopter and roared away through the trees! surely i would not have seen that from my perch on the couch or from a reclining position on my bed.
and now you have read to here and think ‘oh good, a nice medium length post. not too long, not too short.’ only to see that was just the first chapter.
here is chapter 2. let’s call it …
school began last tuesday! that’s my room sign above.
i spent a perfectly lovely week in my room piddling among the tables and gleaming floors and tall windows. polishing the desks, pulling out the supplies, setting up the classroom library. getting ready.
i have real closets this year! and tall windows that face west. i can have plants in the room!
the air conditioner isn’t very robust, but i got a giant wind machine to help minimize the hot flashes. and a pretty japanese fan. the kind you hold in your hand and wave briskly in your face. soon the hot days will be over for the year as we move into fall and the lack of cold air won’t be a concern.
these are pics from my week of setting up.
after last year’s stint in the cave – no windows and grimy grey walls, i am ecstatic to be in this room of creamy white walls and bright light.
i have 32 ten year-olds. most will be 11 by the end of the year. 3 are from kyrgyzstan, 1 from russia, and 1 recently arrived chinese. the other 28 were either born here in the u.s. or came as very young children. the boys from kyrgyzstan speak russian and kyrgyz. one was here last year also, but was lonely and struggled with english now he has 3 instant friends who speak his language. i am of course beyond thrilled to have them in my class and look forward to learning more about the land & people of both kyrgyzstan and russia. the russian boy is an utter delight. he comes to me 3-4 times per day to tell me excitedly, “ms. moss we did that in my old classroom!” he attended school in NYC last year.
i am reading THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN to start the year off. it was a huge hit last year, but this class is having a difficult time comprehending the nuances of the story. nevertheless i will keep going. there’s a small group that seem to be enjoying it.
our donor’s choose materials have been arriving by the box load and everyone is super excited to see what’s in each one.
on friday we decorated our sketchbooks. we’ll be using them for art as usual, but also science and social studies. it’s good to have a book for visual notes of all kinds.
that’s it for now. just taking time out from my sunday rituals to deliver news from moss cottage. it stands! i am here! that is all!