Here's my letter to summer that I'll share with my students on Thursday. Next week, we'll have a writing prompt that urges us to "embrace festive fall!" I've struggled to come up with a title that is as catchy as "kiss summer goodbye." Let me know if you have ideas for a catchy title for our fall writing prompt.
Saying goodbye to you is a sad time for me each year. Your arrival marks the beginning of freedom from school. Suddenly, I have time to enjoy a leisurely lunch on the deck while reading a book. No longer do I face piles of papers that cry out to be graded and countless meetings to attend. Instead, my "to do list" becomes the books I want to read, the fruits of summer I want to enjoy, and the walks I want to share with good friends.
Nothing compares to the joy of discovering your first dark purple, juicy blackberry on a sunny walk to Ellis Pond. I take a moment to sit on the rough, gray, weathered bench to watch a mother duck and her three downy ducklings gracefully glide through the glassy, still water. Their movement ripples the water slightly, and I feel peaceful. Visits to the pond during other seasons have their own beauty, but none are as peaceful as the moments when I pause there with you.
Goodbye, summer! I'll meet you at the bench in nine months!
Your adoring fan,
|The moon rises over Lake Washington on a summer walk!|