I was gonna post yesterday on the twoth of March after we got home but it was just too beautiful outside to be inside. Balmy, slight breeze, sound of the newly arrived Mourning Doves in the trees and 60+ degrees.
I did a walk about and noticed some sure signs of Spring arriving soon. The Tulip tree buds indicate a real need to show off soon. The violets in the fairy garden are maybe a week away from sharing. And there are some yellow crocus under the bushes in backyard and grape hyacinth close by that are breaking ground. The grape hyacinth were spread out over time by the royalty of the backyard, the turtles, from one end to the other. It's lovely to see a new clump of them because my miniature gardeners worked hard and moved the bulbs.
I remarked to Ms. Janie at Mother Moon not long ago that I was afraid to go to do a walk about because I would start poking around in the garden and I knew that it wasn't time. Sure enough, I had to come back inside because I just wanted to clear away the old leaves and refuse from the fall and winter to be able to see the new growth and I knew that I needed to leave it be for a few more weeks. I would be taking the warm blanket of Mother Nature away from the newness of Spring prematurely.
And sure enough, snow by mid week is expected.
Friday nite pizza night photo
GK was a participant in the Regional Science Bowl yesterday. I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along. She got all gussied up in a sweet nerd chic outfit. Her science teacher and coach had instructed the kids to wear something nice. So GK did.....and she was only one of 5 out of all the participants that looked like they had heard the instructions. All the other middle schoolers had on t-shirts and jeans. So when at the door she was handed a blue t-shirt with the Regional Science fair logo etc on it which didn't exactly go with her Fair Isle sweater, short green gypsy skirt, white leggings and Doc Martins the expression on her face was.....and what should I do with this? When instructed to put on the t-shirt over the sweater, she turned to me and said..........I'll be right back. When she returned she handed me the sweater and just smiled and went on to do what she was there for. Since I worked with beasts of her age for so many years, I observed many tantrums, and bottom lips from youngster when they were faced with adaptation as the only option. Not GK she just goes with the flow.
There is a grace about her that I am in awe of. She is the most gracious and generous person I know. She was so concerned that I find a comfortable place in which to pass the three hours which we would be there before lunch break. I was genuinely flattered by her attention in the midst of all the middle schoolers chaos.
Her team lost their first match to the host team. Not dissuaded afterwards, she chirped about a new strategy to her team mates and wandered off to see what else was happening in the building until time for the next round. They won the second match and she and the other girl on her team held in their enthusiastic giggles until they found me in the lobby of the building so as not to be rude to the losing team. When she found me after the third match was when I was the most proud. She brought her teacher over with her to tell me that they had in fact been eliminated from the competition and we could leave. Her teacher looked very disappointed and Ms. Nerdy gave her a hug and said, "this was such a terrific experience, now we will know what to expect next year and be more prepared". And her teacher looked a little surprised and pleased and we said our good byes.
As we were trekking to the car because we had to park where Moses left his sandals, GK talked about the rude behaviors she had observed and said, "it wasn't like it was a matter of life or death and they needed to put it in perspective. There are way worse things to have happen to you than lose at a science bowl". She also indicated she had had such a good time and what were we going to have for lunch?
My heart just about burst. When I grow up, I wanta be just like her.