This week, full of thunderstorms pressing their hot, humid air upon us, has really felt like summer is not just coming, but here. Do you remember how at the end of the school year, the last few weeks were kindof useless because all everybody was doing was winding down for the actual last day? That's where we are.
For Reese, at least, the last day is over. Sabot's closing circle was today, and what a closing circle it was! It seemed more chaotic than usual, the kids were all chatting so much that it was hard for Irene to keep moving forward with the litany of Sabot songs that steadily lead to singing goodbyes. Perhaps my impressions were shaped by the fact that this time, I was viewing the circle from the inside, in the middle of the kids, rather than standing on the outside, with all the parents. Reese had spotted me on his way in, and expected to leave with me right that moment. The circle was WAY outside his sense of normal routine - outside! on blankets! millions of parents and grandparents and siblings around! He clung to me, would not let go, asked to go home. Hoo, boy. His teacher Sara invited me to join them, so I carried him to their blanket and sat among them, with him plastered to me, the whole time! (More on Reese in another post soon, I think.)
The up side of my awkward position is that it afforded some great shots of the festivities. This was my first day with a new lens, so I'm not bowled over by much of what I got, and I'm chickenshit about taking pictures of people outside my family and close friends (and neglect most of them, too!). Click to enlarge the whole mosaic or go to my Sabot flickr set (anybody can see public files, you must have an account and be marked family/friends to see the rest).
It's really lovely how comfortable this community is to me after three years in it. Here's to three or four more!
(subject line from the Sabot song sung at closing circle every year. *sniff*)