One Hundred Seventy: Farewells

“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”  – Charles M. Schulz

Thursday, June 19th

I was down to the last day of school wondering where this school year had gone. I had spent a good deal of time this year serving as the parent support to the garden teacher – a very delightful woman who has a natural knack at sharing her love of nature and gardening with our kids. I had inklings that she was going to leave, and she eventually confirmed that after marrying the second grade teacher they would be moving out-of-state to start afresh. As a small token of thanks for all they have done for the school, I invited everyone out to the garden to celebrate.

The irony is that this school year had started with a broken elbow, an international visitor, and an expired pet fish to share (and perhaps eclipse) the grandeur of this new beginning for our family. Now this party would be doing the same for the ending of the school year. Maybe that wasn’t such a bad thing, especially for my daughter who can be sensitive to transitions. 

I was fairly prepared for the event and definitely armed with the insecurity that no one might show up. But they did arrive. In droves. People were joyous, celebratory, and they brought a lot of food to share with others. Within a couple of hours, we were through and it was on to the next thing – summer!

How are you at event planning?


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