|Is it right for high-school kids to bring coffee into the classroom?|
I'm so grateful that I was safe as a child. It seems to me that if one were unsafe, rainy days would be more dangerous and closed-in. Strange thought, I know. But while I recall the comforts of pressed cheese sandwiches and Lipton instant chicken noodle soup made on the old gas stove, other people may remember ugly, lonely things on rainy days.
This odd thought pattern is probably one reason why I agreed when Figgy called today during lunch, shortly after 11, to ask if I'd come take her to get a coffee. When I arrived, she and Charlotte [a friend since kindergarten] ran to the car in the rain. I was happy to take them, though probably should have glued myself to office chair and not been so easily distracted. But Fig & Co. are 16 now, juniors--not long before they likely will be too far away to call me to take them for coffee, or froyo, or party supplies, or anything. I like spending time with them, in the car or at Starbucks. I let Fig use the last $3.53 on my recently unearthed Starbucks card, and she added a dollar of her own.
The girls had to be back by 12:06, and were taking their grande lattes [one vanilla, one Chai] with them. The bag of dried mango pieces and the scone, both also purchased on coffee break, were long gone.
Really? I said. You're allowed to bring cups of coffee into the classroom?
But can you really settle down and absorb Chaucer or the Periodic Table of the Elements with a latte in your hand?
Right answer, please?
- Boot camp in the dome.
- Walked Sug around block in rain.
- Healthy trail mix--2-ounce portions I make with dried apricots, roasted almonds and a few peanut butter chips.
- Latte at Starbucks; resisted pumpkin cream cheese muffin.
- Rode bike to appt. yesterday!
- Private Benjamin, good work, gold stars for me and H., though it sometimes feels like hitting head against concrete wall.