Temperatures to crack freezing this week! So they say.
Today I introduced a new student to my class. Nia Sunset. Actually, she lives in Istanbul and follows my blog (hi, Nia!). She dreams Alaskan dreams and expressed her wish to be in my class, so we have made her an honorary student of Fort Yukon School. Her first assignment was to write her classmates a letter telling all about herself and her country. And she did!
And today was Nia day – welcome to school, Nia! We read your letter, or the kids did. I started the reading and they stopped me and asked if they could take turns reading it aloud. They loved every word, and we studied the globe and listened to the Turkish music you sent us as we read about the geography and magical history of your country. We also talked about the Wind Horse and your poem. I think they are quite impressed that a writer and poet is interested in their class. Thank you for all your gifts to the students. Everything was a grand hit. Your fellow classmates are already busy thinking what to do in return.
Well, the weather reports are calling for 40 degrees F this week. Wow! Now we’ll see if those forecasters at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) are worth their pay. It definitely feels like it is time for a thaw. I actually cracked a window in our bathroom yesterday just to let in some fresh air. Of course, that was a mistake because by nightfall it was frozen open. Oops. Lucky I brought tools with me to Alaska.
I have to say, I am very excited about seeing the earth again. I keep browsing your blogs and seeing all the wonderful spring photographs and just can’t wait. I know we have crocuses growing wild that pop up just after the snow melts away, and I am sure there will be many other things to photograph, too. Last year I photographed the mud flats and the icebergs along the river and I know I will be going back to see those again, but I want to search for the insects and the buds and the blossoms this year, signs of life. Another friend, Sarah, has inspired me with her wonderful images of her own land awakening this spring.
And the best part of it all? I won’t have to worry about frostbite as I take pictures. “Ah, I think jeans and a tee-shirt are in order for today.” Now there’s a pleasant thought!