Since Anna Rae's school had early dismissal she brought Emilien to Sanislo to visit me and my kindergarten class during lunch. I had the children practice saying Bon Jour! But when the teen aged guests arrived, the kindergarteners became mute with shyness. Emilien liked Sanislo, especially our gym. When I was able to release myself from the kindergarten I found Emilien in the gym juggling pins and feeling quite 'at home'. Turns out that his dad (a teacher of 9 and 10 year olds) teaches juggling along with reading, writing, etc. in a classroom in France.
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.