We started testing on a Wednesday, continued every day through the next whole week, and wrap on Monday. Testing with two groups takes the whole morning every day, and most afternoons have been filled with make-up tests for kids who were absent. Throw in a couple of difficult discipline situations that affected a lot of students and staff, and it seems like a time without much to celebrate…yet when I think about it, there were some sweet moments here and there that do call for celebration:
* the long-anticipated author visit with Sonia Nazario, sponsored by our district ESL department- she is such an enthusiastic and passionate speaker
* students loved a mini-lesson on onomatopoeia, singing along happily with the short video we watched
* a Sunday afternoon spaghetti dinner (sauce made with our mom’s recipe in hèr cast iron Dutch oven) with my brother and his family
* sleeping in on Saturday (didn’t set the alarm!)and waking to rain falling
* calls from my grown up children on the 17th anniversary of my husband/their dad’s death…good to share the remembering
The sweet moments are always there, but sometimes seem so fleeting in the middle of the ordinary, the boring, the difficult- pausing to write them down makes them linger longer.