October 1, 2015, Chino Valley- I made my last visit to Del Rio School for a while, spending the day with a class of second-graders, with whom I have worked a few times in the past. I will actually miss this school, and several others, but throwing myself into the well-being of a specific group of children, day-to-day, for at least two months, and hopefully longer, is something I need to do. It’s necessary for my own sense that I can do good by a classroom, over a long period of time. It’s necessary for the children, whose skills are undeveloped, and thus seen by the Masters of the Universe as “low”.
In another iteration, I covered for a teacher on maternity leave, for five months. The children loved me, and I, them. I had the support of the school administration. The teacher, sad to say, did not like my work and made it very clear, especially at the end. I digress.
It was a good day today, and it will be another good day tomorrow, at Mile High Middle School, in Prescott. I can work in Prescott schools on Fridays, until the Winter Break, at least, so the separation is less than final. My first priority, though, will now be Mingus Springs’ third grade class.
October will see me back on the trails- the first few days of Fall Break- next week, and on several weekends hereafter. Son will be out here, at the end of the month, and I will make my now traditional visit to San Diego, at Thanksgiving time. My Faith also factors directly into the schedule: Besides being the cornerstone of my daily life, Baha’i events will occupy me, this coming Saturday, (as will community service, here in Prescott); at the beginning of November and on several days throughout the Fall. I can never tell when the needs of trusted friends may arise and take me off on an errand of mercy, as happened a week ago, today.
October is always a fascinating month- and not the least because of our fun traditions of Halloween. I have always enjoyed treating children, from my front door, over the years, in places like Toltec City, Tuba City, Jeddito, Salome, Phoenix and Prescott. This Halloween will find me at a friend’s house in Tucson, perhaps finagling front door duty.
The crispness of the air, and the changing leaves of the Northland, will also bring me and mine a renewed energy. I had my mid-year check-up yesterday, and all my vitals are in top form. Fall will be a great season.