Today was the last Shakespeare club meeting. My kids all brought in snacks to share and we sat around and talked together for an hour and a half. Listen to what we had to eat: quiche, sandwiches, homemade corn bread, homemade apple cinnamon bread, chips, chocolate brownie things, brigadeiro, sweet bread that was never opened because we had too many other good things to eat, and an assortment of drinks. Had we been having feasts for the whole year like we did today, a lot more people would have been reading Shakespeare, I’ll tell you that for sure.
Today was also the annual awards ceremony. I presented two awards: the Best Middle School English Student award, and the high school Creative Writing Award. The first one went to one of my 7th graders and a student who comments frequently on this blog under the name Luana Spider. The Creative Writing award also went to a reader of this blog by the name Sofy. It was really exciting for me to give these awards to these students because I’ve never presented any awards before. The awards ceremony is one of the last events of the school year where all the students come together. It was really nice for me to be sitting on the stage and looking out at all the faces I’ve come to know over two years. At the end, the high school guidance counselor rose to acknowledge the students who would be leaving the school at the end of the year and also asked the teachers who will be leaving to rise for a round of applause. While she was speaking, I felt tears gather behind my eyes, but then once she asked us to stand I got nervous and forgot to cry because everyone was staring.
The last faculty meeting of the year was yesterday. We had good cake.
Tomorrow is the second to last Friday that I’ll be in school. Next Friday is the last, and it’s also Friday the 13th.
Lasts make me sad. It’s hard to believe I’ll be leaving here in just sixteen days.
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