Monday, April 27, 2009

It Takes A Village

The very best part of my job is interacting with the various kids who consider the library "home away from home", or as is often the case, their ONLY home. We make our library a fun, safe place for kids who tend not to "fit in" in other social situations. These kids are my VERY FAVORITE ones. Here's a group shot of the self-named "freaks" who spend the first part of their school day with us. Delaney (dead center, front row) is the most kind-hearted young lady you can imagine and she has an incredibly difficult life. Look at those eyes...they say it all!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring and Then Some

It has been a long, long winter in our corner of the Pacific Northwest. Spring has teased us several times over the last 6 weeks, only to retreat as cold winds and plunging temperatures moved in to set up camp for a little longer. But I think I can safely say that spring may really, really have arrived. How do I know? Well, one sure sign is more than one cloudless, sunny day in a row. And last week we had just that. In fact, we had many days of sun and temps in the 60's in a row. Doors and windows were flung open. People were giddy and took to the streets and parks. Why I even donned sandals without--gasp--SOCKS last week. This is the first time my lil' doggies have seen fresh air since last October!

And....I was able to hang my clean sheets on the line to dry in the SUN!
And the tulips in Skagit Valley are finally blooming. Even though we go down to see the fields every spring, it never ceases to thrill my heart to see pink, yellow, purple and red stretched as far as the eye can see. Why is that? I have my theory that it's vindication for my nursery school/kindergarten days when I spent too many hours in the "thinking chair" because I didn't color my pictures the proper way. Well, who says grass has to be green? Where's your imagination I ask? Skagit Valley is living proof that God thinks wide bands of bright colors are A-OK!

Follow the yellow brick road!

There are "rebels" everywhere! :)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Day The World Changed......

forever! He is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluiah

Happy Easter

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Problem With Education Is.....

NOT this teacher!

It is good to remember that for every "teacher" who's in the job for the summers off (and there are those!), there are many, many dedicated and passionate ones like my daughter who are there (and hopefully will get to stay there) for all the right reasons.

Hats off to you, Jess!