Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thank you, summer

Thank you, summer, for lazy mornings of blueberry-strawberry smoothies and iced coffee on the porch.
Thank you for The Wire, all five seasons consumed in less than two weeks.
Thank you for Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, allowing me to get lost in an alien world, save the galaxy from Saren and the collectors, and earn Paragon points.
Thank you for A Long Way Gone, The Kite Runner, Doing School, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, and the first two books in the Tales of the Otori series.
Thank you for allowing me to catch up on my subscriptions to Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Men's Journal, English Journal, Wired, Maximum PC, Computer Power User, Backpacker, and Vanity Fair.
Thank you for time to reduce my stack of Boston Sunday Globes.
Thank you for hoops in the driveway.
Thanks for a family Red Sox game.
Thanks for inspiring me to tie up the running shoes and hit the pavement.
Thanks for four glorious days on Vermont's Long Trail.
Thank you for Camel's Hump - the view was spectacular.
Thank you for time with my wife.
Thank you for time with my sister.
Thank you for time with my parents.
Thank you for Good Harbor Beach, riding and diving into waves.
Thanks for lobster rolls and fresh clam chowder and baked scallops.
Thanks for time to pause.
Thanks for time to reflect.
Thanks for time to recharge.
Summer, you will be missed, but you've done your work, and I am grateful.
Thank you.

2 comments:

Maria at Walden U said...

And thank you, Mr. B-G, for inspiring my back-to-school writing assignment in which students thank summer for their various activities and time spent with families. Your post was part-poetry, part-narrative and 100% pure graciousness. I always learn something new from your posts. Best wishes to you and your students for your upcoming school year and with your continued studies. I just completed my degree in Adolescent Literacy and Technology and have learned more than I could possibly use within a school year.

~Maria (8th grade English)

Mr. B-G said...

Hi Maria,

Thanks for the kind words. Glad to hear you found this little ditty inspirational! Congrats on your degree. I'm sure you'll have many success as you apply it to your work in the classroom.

Best wishes for you and your students as well.