Yesterday was a glorious Seattle day. We took our out-of-town friends from 30+ years ago to see the cherry trees on the quad at the University of Washington. As we discussed the cherry trees, I decided that I needed to be sure my facts were straight about these particular trees. Our discussion made me realize that locals (15 years of residing in the NW qualifies me as a local) sometimes need to bone up on their facts for visiting friends. These trees came to UW around 1939. They were originally planted in a different location, but transplanted to their current location on the quad due to construction. Anticipating future problems, grafts were taken of the trees in 1959 and are being grown in a nursery in Mount Vernon, WA. It's a splendid sight to see the trees in bloom on one of our rare sunny days in Seattle.
This is a picture taken from inside my classroom today. No wonder the students found it hard to focus on ancient Egypt and the process for selecting the Newbery Medal. With beauty like this right outside the window, I am compelled to write another haiku.