May 5, 2015, Chino Valley- A restaurant on the south end of town burned today. I’m not about to speculate, as to the cause. I just know that the few times I ate there, the meal was satisfying and the service folksy and prompt. My work here was on the north side, and consisted of four hours with a group of fourth-graders, who had been left behind from a reading reward field trip. They bought the story that their teacher was at a long meeting, rather than at the field trip that was attended by some of their classmates.
This is Teacher Appreciation Day, so community members supervised the kids in the lunchroom, and at recess. We enjoyed a vegetarian Mexican lunch, provided by other community members, and cupcakes prepared by an office worker. All was magnifico!
I checked on the status of my hapless acquaintance, who had been jailed on Friday, and was told he had been released today. So far, he has not contacted me, and I will leave it at that. The sheriff’s clerk said I am under no obligation to seek him out, in any event.
We did make headway, in a plan I am helping to establish, to connect a local hotel food service with a kitchen that serves meals to homeless people, four days a week. Someone made the astute observation that the kitchen has a staff member who could pick up the food from the hotel. I will work that detail out, tomorrow, either after, or in lieu of, going to my day job. Another person has also stepped forward to help with this.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the routing of French soldiers in Mexico, on May 5, 1862. It is a minor holiday in Mexico, but is widely celebrated in the Southwestern U.S. I note that it is also an excuse for people to indulge in midweek partying. Camaraderie, though, is a good thing.
These random notes on the day may be tied together with a neat word bow: Love is a productive struggle. This is a message written on the bulletin board of the teacher whose classroom I covered today.