Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Naked Ladies

In the fullness of summer naked ladies have popped up all around my neighborhood. (They are also called "resurrection lilies" because their lily leaves die back in springtime: Their blossoms emerge from the bare earth.)

They nod in the soft summer breeze and seem to sigh, "Summer's not forever. School will begin again in a few weeks."

I feel refreshed, rejuvenated. Almost two months of summer vacation have flown by. I've had the time and leisure to devour a high pile of books, take walks late into the morning, look deeply, and exhale fully.

Again, for the twenty-ninth time, I've begun poking around the classroom, cleaning up messes, throwing things out, and inviting thoughts about the coming year.

8 comments:

steven said...

hi dan, we still have a month of vacation time left so i'm guessing that you get out earlier than us. our summer begins at the end of june. my kids know summer is drawing to a close when they see the ads in the papers or the odd commercial cropping up on television. i think seeing flowers is a lovelier way to be reminded don't you!!! have a peaceful day. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Steven—

Yes, flowers are such a wonderful way to note the seasons. We don't have a TV here, and I'm really trying to put a limit to how much time I spend at the computer, too. Our summer vacation began early in June and will end August 15.

Dan

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

it sounds as if you have spent your time well and have given body mind and soul a refreshing...

Happy days

Dan Gurney said...

Yes, I'm ready for the new year, new class, the renewed opportunity to serve.

Reya Mellicker said...

How wonderful that you've had a true holiday. All your students no doubt benefit from it.

I always say that the idea of the sabbath is such a GREAT idea. We're so addicted to working, though, that we forget how much everyone benefits from a real break. Bravo!!

And bravo to the naked ladies, too. They are lovely.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Reya. I feel very lucky to be able to get away from teaching long enough each year to become eager to go back to it.

Margaret Pangert said...

"Resurrection lilies" is a very descriptive name for these lilies! I hadn't heard it before! I think that was a great wsy to break the ice by going back into your classrooom and working to get it set up again. It'll take some of the knots out of your stomach before opening day. I remember that "week before" anxiety; funny how it disappears when school has actually started. Good luck!

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Margaret. Yes, going back early and getting things ready really damps down the first-day-of-school anxieties. And yes, 90 minutes into the year and it's gone.