Sunday, February 28, 2021

Birthday Surprise

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve spent more time in the company of my wife than any other human being on the planet. 47 years together, 42 of them spend working at the same school and now a year of being sheltered in place 24/7. That’s a lot of years, months, days, hours and minutes. 


And yet it was only today that I discovered that she doesn’t know how to snap her fingers. Imagine! All that time and I never knew! And that she can only whistle one note. How could I have missed this?


Yesterday, I walked to through my local neighborhood and noticed—again, for the first time—two unusually tall palm trees I had never noticed. I had walked by them time and time again and only noticed them now. 


And so a new challenge: To daily see if I can notice something I normally pass by. And write it down. Want to join me?


PS And the happiest of birthdays to my wife Karen, to my lifelong colleague James Harding, to Julie Gottschalk, my student from 1972 and still in touch and Eddie Corwin, my SFS student and son of the long-time school cook. Hooray for you all!

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