Sending out my wish for a good year for all of us in 2012.
I’ve just spent 8 days in Miami, going back to the rain forest of Tacoma tomorrow, but here in the tropics (although it went down to 35° last night) we were picnicking at a state park and swimming in the aqua-blue Atlantic on New Year’s Day. It’s been a tremendous change of pace for me to spend a week with a working family, my grandsons are 9 and 12, it seems to take 3 adults to get their homework done, not to mention dinner, showers, bed, not to mention lunch boxes and getting to 2 different schools in the mornings. I don’t know how my daughter-in-law manages, as she works full-time and my son often gets home after the boys are in bed. I salute all of you current parents for the triple-time lives you lead, the sacrifices, and the love you pour on the next generation.
I have a bit more insight now about these standardized tests have ruined real education. The 9-year-old is forced to read at a rate of 200 words per minute (Why? I don’t know.) and supposedly comprehend what he is reading. It certainly doesn’t encourage a love of reading. The 12-year-old, bless him, says he wants to be “an author”. I hope he succeeds in a big way.
I haven’t written any poems, even though I was “off” all week. I learned that for me, it is not possible to write poems in a fish-bowl-living room. Then there was all the excitement about the new bearded dragon, Kerby. And making lasagna and tacos, taking pictures of boys climbing trees, and all the rest of it.
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. —Julian of Norwich