May 13, 2016, Prescott- Yesterday was a very tightly-packed day. Work was routine, at the small school where I spent one last, pre-arranged day,punctuated only by a snafu involving our paychecks. This was nicely counterbalanced by a timely check from another district, where I spent another “final” day, late last month.
Dashing hither and yon, after work, I voted in an American Legion election, facilitated a Baha’i study session and finally settled in for the evening, at 7:30 P.M. Someone remarked to me, earlier in the evening, that perhaps those with hyper-busy schedules are covering up something. Maybe, but in my case, there is more of a sense of responsibility. Trust me, I do like my unwind-time, and am comfortable in my own skin.
Now, I am back at Prescott High School, for the last ten days of the academic year, with a very strong possibility of returning in the Fall. It’s Spring Festival time, so a school end-of-year assembly was held this morning, and Carnival is now being held, somewhere on campus. I am with a few of my kids who just need a place to sit and feel safe. That’s always been my wont- in too many places in the world, there are marginalized people. In any high school, most find a niche. Some end up in niche like mine, a good-sized, comfortable classroom, with a few computers, three round tables and an air of “you matter”.
Festivals, like surfable waves, hiking trails and 5 P.M., are always to be found, somewhere in the world. Most are modest affairs, appealing only to locals. Yet, each of them makes a big difference in the lives of several people. So, great and small, they sustain us. I have felt sustenance from many festivals, from the annual Ridvan gatherings, Thanksgiving Dinners and the camaraderie of St. Patrick’s, Fourth of July and Hallowe’en to the every-so-many-years that I might make it to Mardi Gras, Chusok or Diwali.
Mostly, though, it’s what you make of every single day, that constitutes a festival.