Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Coastal, rugged Maine rocks and air

The cottage we rented was delightful. Simple. White. Stark and I loved all the wood.

We enjoyed the hikes except when the kids got too close to the water on these high jagged rocks.

We also found a boat ride out to the Isle of Springs was a real treat.

And the little community house and tennis court were our kids first exposure to the game.  They loved it even though Josiah was playing with a squash racquet.

Some beautiful vistas.  If you look carefully, you can see a cross as this is a dock for the Episcopal Church on the island.

And one with Adelaide and her Bibi

A Maine wedding

Our dear friend, Leigh, who was my student back when I was a chaplain at UW-Madison was married in a lovely liturgy and reception in Ellsworth, Maine a few weeks ago. Leigh became a priest under my watch and attended Virginia Theological Seminary and then went on to finish a Phd in philosophy.  Her new husband is from Moscow, Russia.  We were delighted to attend and made a vacation out of the trip.

It was the end of the year as we knew it...

I have missed writing with the end of the school year and all of its inherent envelopes filled with permission slips, money for teacher gifts, and the last two weeks of packed lunches that go uneaten.  We returned home from 12 glorious, or exhausting, days of vacation to find that Adelaide's teacher had sent her a gift in the mail. She had laminated together two pages that Adelaide had written on the first day of kindergarten and on the last. Such a gift reminded me in a very visceral way that teachers make such a difference.  Addie had such a great kindergarten year; she loved going to school, she learned to read and to write, she learned to be kind to her friends, and she learned that school is a good place to be.  For that I am truly grateful. As much as this school year was filled with anxiety and disappointment and frustration for one child, it was also filled with structure, eagerness, and joy for another.

What was most striking was Adelaide writing that "Today is my last day of kindergarten and I feel sad, really sad."