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High Five (TGI) Friday

Here are highlights from the week:

1. FUNNY THING - story from school. (Background information: I am rather short and have allergies to strong perfumes.)
Today I brought my new baby pygmy hedgehog to school for the first time to let the students see her. They were SO excited. I was answering questions, telling them how she is about as big as she will get, as African pygmy hedgehogs don't grow as big as normal hedgehogs. Later, I told them how hedgehogs don't like strong smells, like soap and perfume. One of the girls, Allison, shouted out, "HEY, MRS. LIGHT, SHE IS JUST LIKE YOU...REALLY SHORT AND HAS A SMELL PROBLEM!" hahaha

2. HUGE NEWS: My favorite cousin Trish's two boys are both home together for the FIRST TIME in THREE YEARS - both young men are in the Air Force and have served in the war in Iraq/Afghanistan. One is a mechanic and the other is training to be a medic. Thanks Brad & Kevin for your sacrifices. Thanks to Trish and Brooks for sharing your boys with the military.

3. HOW COOL IS THAT? Today I got to see a photo of a special novel...my good friend Kate Messner's new novel THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z at BEA...coming out this fall from Walker Books. It is a poignant, yet funny, look at the life of middle school girl trying to juggle the pressures of an overwhelming school project, cross country sectionals, her father picking her up in the hearse, and a grandmother with increasing dementia. There was that beautiful cover by Joe Cepeda...sitting on the top shelf. Woot! Woot! Way to go, Kate!

4. MY GIRL!  My lovely daughter had a break from her Master's classes at Albany State (a few days between Spring and Summer Semesters) and came home for a long weekend - staying through until Tuesday. It was so much fun to go to lunch, work in the garden together, share books, and visit. A fun time was had by all!

A number of years ago, my family and I rented a little summer cottage for the season on the shores of Lake Champlain. It was at the end of a gravel road with no phone and no television. We had so many wonderful memories made there - graduations, wine parties, anniversaries, birthdays, and evening bonfires. When the price went up, we had to bow out, unfortunately. Just the other day, the owners called and said the renters had backed out at the last minute. We now have it for the last two weeks of July. Hurrah! You'll find me on the front porch, reading and writing. Coffee in the morning, cabernet in the evening, lots of s'mores in between.
Setting out by kayak...                     View from the porch!

One month until my summer vacation begins...can't wait!


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May. 30th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Dude - you have a smell problem? Too funny!

My brother is in the Air Force - career officer these days, although when he first started, he was simply an enlisted guy. (He went to college while in the A.F.; funny that my brother who almost flunked a bunch of stuff in high school graduated summa cum laude, isn't it?) He spent some time in Iraq, too, two or three years ago, but only a short tour. These days he's going on 25 years in the A.F., and he teaches at the Citadel.
May. 30th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
My father was a career officer, as well. He was in charge of the weather station here when Plattsburgh had an AFB. My middle brother did AFROTC for college. My "little" brother was an Army medic and spent time in the Gulf War, Desert Storm, Panamanian Invasion,DMZ in Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Now he is out, thank God, and married to the sweetest woman in America!

How cool that your bro teaches at the Citadel! What does he teach?
May. 31st, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)
He teaches - wait for it - Air Force history. He will probably be getting out of the AF in a year or two (or three) - I'm pretty sure he doesn't want to move again, and the likelihood of him being promoted again at this point is slim - but if he did, he'd hang at the new level for three years before he cycled out.
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
What would be different
Our family has a long tradition of military service. Think about it, that is what brought you to Plattsburgh, where you can enjoy that awesome lake. It encouraged your imagination and reading with all the uprooting, making new friends and attending new schools. It probably also led to you getting a pygmy hedgehog since we had little time for pets with all the traveling and moving. Maybe that last one is a stretch but, I will stand by the first two points. How different would our lives have been growing up in Hurricane WV?

I am very proud of our cousins service, their Uncle Jay is watching over those two "Jet Heads".
Jun. 2nd, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: What would be different
The hedgehog, I believe, stems from being born in England and having children's books about hedgies read to me by mom, so you will get that one, too.

Honestly, I think I was born a reader and a writer, so no matter where I lived, I would have had to be an English teacher and writer!

My love of mountains comes from WV, my feelings of belonging are rooted there as well. It is where my heart is tugged and my daydreams flow. Growing up, that is where I always wanted to be and I felt cheated that I couldn't be there. It is the home of my heart.

I wonder, now that you've brought this up, what I would have been like if dad hadn't joined the service. Interesting...
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