It’s that incredibly challenging last week of school before winter break. Kids are stir crazy and distracted and anxious for Christmas excitement. Parents are stressed out pre-Christmas maniacs. Teachers, I assume, are just trying to survive the week. Thanks to my academic job and the quarter system, I am done with teaching for the fall and my grades are turned in, so I can focus on making teacher gifts, procuring stocking stuffers, writing cards, wrapping gifts and, most importantly, hiding gifts around the house.
Oh yeah, and I have to remember to keep making kid lunches. Today the kids had fancy grilled pork sandwiches (leftover from Sunday BBQ) with a little mayo and spiced plum jam. Yum. I also packed some sweet potato tortilla chips and pretzel slims. Yesterday the kids played over at a neighbor’s house and—holy cow!—do they just happen to have the most loaded with fruit satsuma tangerine tree. We sat outside on a warm day while the little kids made mud pies and the bigger kids did various nerd activities. Then they sent us home with a shopping bag full of easy to peel, incredibly sweet tangerines. It was one of those days when I felt extremely fortunate to live in this temperate land of citrus and warm December days.