30 years of friendship

Four of my high school girlfriends and I got together with our families this summer at Coeur d’Alene Lake with our families. Only once we were all there, drawing from distances as far as London, did we realize that it had been 30 years since we first knew each other. It was so nice to see them in their lovely families.

Reid’s writing

Now that it’s finally August, Reid and I finally sat down to look at some of the schoolwork he brought home this spring. Two pieces of writing from early in the academic year stood out: he still had Central America on the brain.

First, a poem:

And then a story:

Reid’s teacher last year did such an exceptional job of sharing her enthusiasm for writing with the kids. I liked her technique for encouraging re-writing. The kids added “spider legs” to their books. Here’s an example from Reid’s first page:

An important letter

Reid and his friend Jack sold their aforementioned comic, Bob and Bob, at school as a fundraiser for a bird sanctuary. After they made their donation (with a good deal of logistical assistance from their blessed teacher), they got a letter back from the sanctuary. Pretty cool! Here it is: