To those of you from the Philippines who read my blog, please know that you and your countrymen and women are in my thoughts and prayers.
in Nixa, Missouri
Thus, a word search puzzle. This is only a quarter of it.
Some exchanges that made me smile:
"Where's the snow globe!?"
"By the teacup!"
"I can't find the chickadee!"
"It's next to the piano keys!"
"There's the star!"
"I found the seashell!"
"I see Winnie-the-Pooh!"
"I know! Over by the castle."
First stage of castle building
"Camaros are my favorite cars," she explained.
"If your teacher says it's okay, then it's all right with me."
The teacher was hesitant but gave her permission. It's not like the girl was going to peel out of the parking lot.
If Val was shorter.....
I stood in front of the car and watched their reactions. Giant smiles, eyes brightened by happiness and amazement. Looks of awe. Laughter.
One boy said, "This is the best day ever!"
Such a simple thing we adults take for granted, sitting in the driver's seat. Do you remember feeling that kind of awe at doing something for the first time? Sitting in a cockpit is one of my clearest, WOW! memories.
1960s pilot helmet with oxygen mask - or what I called an elephant trunk
Being on a sailboat for the first time was another WOW! experience. Aunt Nancy was aft and Uncle Charles and I were fore, (learned those terms that day) at the helm of their sailboat, The Dayspring, moored in Padanaram, Mass. Slow out of the harbor, around the curve of the land and whoa!, the wind blew the sail wide open and pushed us across Buzzard's Bay and through Woods Hole - both a town and a waterway between the main part of Cape Cod and a string of small islands called the Elizabethan Islands. (Thanks Jackie!) I got a lesson in how to steer and avoid getting clunked in the head by the boom.
Can't let getting older stop us from doing something new....right, April? Zip liner extraordinaire!