It’s the third Saturday in December, the beginning of winter break for the schools. The local districts take three weeks, have for years, due to many of our students returning to Mexico for the holidays and staying beyond New Year’s. My grandkids who live in the Bay Area will get two weeks, returning the day after New Year’s.
I was grateful for those three weeks when teaching, and even in retirement, I am loving a three-week break away from routine. Do I have any plans? Absolutely not. I’m taking it one day at a time. Sort of a “what do you want to do today?” plan.
As for today, the first Saturday, we slept in until 6:30 because we were tired! Terry came along with me to Columbia on Friday to deliver 90 bears to first graders in three classrooms. Three Fresno Police Department officers also showed up to help with the project. I had been told at our meeting last week that the police chief wanted his officers to be involved with what we do in the schools and would put a priority on this event. I was amazed to have THREE officers, and the students were immensely pleased to. get so much attention.
One of the patrol officers for the area brought a roll of star stickers to hand out. These look like a police badge. The kids were beyond pleased to receive a few along with their teddy bear which made them very happy. They hugged their bears. We took group photos that I will have printed and give one to each child. Terry was the photographer just as he was for me all those years at the high school.
After wrapping up that event, Terry and I went to have lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant and realized that we had never eaten lunch there, always going for dinner. They have a different menu for lunch so I ordered street tacos instead of my usual carnitas burrito. Although I expected a smaller amount of food, due to it being lunch, I was surprised with all of the trimmings–beans and rice along with two tacos. We both took leftovers home.
I never ate dinner as I was still full from lunch. Terry had some previous leftovers and we called it a good day.