Wrapping up the school year tends to feel like a mad dash towards a finishing line. And to be frank, I'm not really good at mad dashes towards anything. But, I'm getting better at ending the school year as I get older (funny how that happens.) Mostly because I don't delude myself into thinking that for some miraculous reason, the end of the year is going to be a slow winding down of activity. Nuh-uh. That's not the way it goes. If I accept it's going to be mad-dashery, then I'm much better equipped for it.
Last week our middle schoolers were involved in giving service to others. I traveled with a group of students to our local church where we took photographs (some with cameras, others with phones, etc.) The next day we walked to a nearby beach (how lucky we are that we can do that), again cameras and devices in hand - to see what we could see (including a couple of penguins in their burrows.) Back at school we talked about what makes a good photo and went through the process of whittling the couple of hundred photos taken by the students down to around twenty that we wanted to put on cards we would be making to sell (donating proceeds to the Cancer Council) and to donate (to the church and to care homes in our community.)
It's a bit of a learning curve for the students in many ways. Not only do they learn about the activity they're involved in (some learned to knit - making trauma teddies; others made burrows for penguins; some worked at clearing vegetation and helping in the church garden), they learned perseverance, resilience and eventually that so often in giving to others it isn't about money or donating an object itself - so often it's about time. Sometimes that's the most precious gift you can give - it's a gift everyone can give no matter their age or background. I know many of our kids learned that lesson last week and it's heartening to witness that (some of them didn't learn that lesson last week, but I'm a chronic optimist - I believe they'll get there in the end. They do more often than not.)
I also got the chance last week to catch up with my mum. We got to be "ladies who lunch," which doesn't happen nearly often enough. I think we'll try and make it a more regular thing next year. We spent the afternoon at Seabreeze in Stanley; mum had salt and pepper squid and I had cured salmon with ruby grapefruit. We did partake of a cheeky glass of chardonnay as well, finishing up with coffee and cake. As you do. (As we do!)
And the last photo up there? That's the face I was given when I left to do a photography session yesterday afternoon. Jenkins was in the exact same spot on my bed when I came home (but she was snoozing and curled up in a circle.) I'm hoping to share some of the shots from that session later in the month. I'm also going to be taking photos at the night market at Bruce's next week. I haven't done market photography for ages, so I'm really looking forward to it. If you're in the area (Wynyard, Tasmania) then make sure you pop in and say hello!
Hope you've had a great week and weekend, whatever you got up to!
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