We’ll never be as young as we are right now

Score! One of my hardest-working students came to me the other day wanting help on a speech she’s going to make at this year’s senior assembly. I suggested the above quote from the master, Jim Steinman, and she liked it. We worked up a pretty good speech about not accepting mediocrity and taking advantage of the here and now.

Man, it’s gonna be hard to see this senior class graduate. I’ve had some of them in class every year since I started teaching and I’ll really miss a bunch of them.

But, life goes on.

Yesterday I saw that the elm tree in our front yard has buds on its branches. Today I went out the front door and two red-breasted robins were hopping through the yard. Could it be that spring is just around the corner? It hasn’t been a hard winter, not by any stretch of the imagination, but it sure has seemed like a long one.

I squeezed off a few more pages of The Girls Nobody Wanted to Date today. I’m afraid I’ve talked about that one too much. It seems almost dead to me. At least, until I start writing. If I could go at it without distractions I’m sure it would feel better, but with my kids in the house, along with about five more, it’s kind of hard to focus. I have to finish it before this school year is over because the main character is kind of based on one of those seniors referenced above. She was offended when I told her the title. hehe Of course, she has a boyfriend and is one of the sweetest kids you could ever hope to meet (despite her belief that vampires are better than werewolves).

Re-reading/listening to The Grapes of Wrath has just convinced me all over again that John Steinbeck was the best American author of the 20th century. This book is just incredible. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’ve known so many people who think and talk and act like the Joads. I hope my students like it. I know two of them are already Steinbeck fans, so that’s good. And just assigning the book has already sparked one discussion about socialism, so I’m looking forward to a lot of interesting discussions.

The English IV class finished Macbeth on Friday. Ugh! Grades on the open-book, open-note test were, shall we say, less than stellar. But it’s over and done. They should have read the tiny piece of The Epic of Gilgamesh (death of Humbada) when they come in tomorrow so we can begin the unit on epic heroes that will feature Beowulf. This is my favorite unit of this class, and this time I’m working in a lot more Nordic mythology to emphasize the transition from paganism to Christianity. They may not get all of it, but at least I’ll enjoy it (unlike Shakespeare).

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