Once back from the island we had a barbecue/celebration at our house to honor Anna Rae. About 15 people were able to attend and that was really plenty to over flow from our dining room and onto the deck. It turned out to be lovely weather for a graduation, surprising everyone; it had started out somewhat cloudy. Anna Rae truly felt like the guest of honor and I would say that it was perfect from beginning to end but then we got that 3:30 am phone call on Sunday!
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.