The Kornowskes hosted another fabulous holiday meal followed by a LONG game of dominoes, which Anna Rae won. I can't begin to tell you how stuffed we all were when we finally pulled away from this table!
Here she sits in the midst of Christmas wrapping paper and ribbons as she figures out the workings of her ipod dock/radio. If you have ever read the Peter Spiers wordless picture book, Christmas, you will understand me when I say: The memories of Christmas come from a plethora of details.
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.
On Dec. 3rd Emilien, an exchange student and friend of Anna Rae's from Annecy, visited us in Seattle. He is on exchange in Summerland, British Columbia. Emilien stayed with us for 3 days, going to school with Anna Rae on the ferry, attending a school dance with her, and touring downtown on the weekend. The pitcher that Anna Rae is holding is one of the 'treasures' I brought back from France. Every family table I ate at in France had a similar earthenware pitcher filled with water on the table at mealtimes.
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.