We just got home from the pumpkin carving party at Liz and Eric's house. The scary 'Jack' in the middle is the same pumpkin you saw growing on the vine in my backyard in August. He is big and incredibly heavy even now that he is carved. And I did the carving this year! Not terribly original but I think he has a touch of the fierce, 'don't mess with me' attitude that I wanted.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.