Last Monday, June 6 we took the kindergarteners to Emma Schmitz Beach park for a low tide field trip. The weather man's forecast of rain never materialized and we had a wonderful time exploring tide pools and eating our lunch on beach logs. We saw lots of anemones, barnacles, chitons, whelks, mussels, bamboo worms, sculpins, moon snail collars and more but we only saw one sea star this time. All the more reason to go back on my own.
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.