Friday, December 26, 2014

OC Day 5 / SF / the NO

OC DAY 5!

Because I had a few high school and college aged ex-students contact me and say they wanted to get together, I decided to make myself available at Starbucks, should anybody want to come by and say hello.  About 10 people showed up (not bad for short notice via Facebook!) and we chatted for a couple hours.  I have one former student who is graduating college this year, and I'm rather blown away that even though she hasn't been in my class in a very long time, that she'd still want to see me.
All in all, visiting was much like being a grandparent.  You get all the good stuff without any of the responsibilities or downsides.

There was one former student who only had me for one year, as a 4th grader, but ended up meeting me at the airport!  His flight came in about an hour before mine headed out, so he dropped by to say hi.

Monday, December 22, 2014

OC - Day 3 (no 4)

I went to my morning school.

To wake up at 7:30 was painful - how did I wake up at 5:30 every day for 9 years?!  Of course, to be fair, I was asking myself this question as I was doing it for 9 years.  "It burns!"

PV - morning school

Thursday, December 18, 2014

OC - Day 2

I'd like to start by saying, Enterprise lies and doesn't tell you that they will only pick you up within 2 miles, and it may take hours and hours for them to come pick you up.

VV

VV was my afternoon school.  My entire reason for keeping my visit a secret was so I could surprise my band partner, M~.  We spent every day together for 8 years.  Everyone called me his work wife, including his wife.

I popped into the orchestra class first (I had asked the current teacher if that was okay, so as not to be a jerk), and it was pretty amusing.  Kids looked at me and clearly initially had a reaction of, "There's a lady here," followed immediately by, "Wait!  Wha...is that?  OH MY GOSH!"

"Has M~ seen you, yet?" asked the orchestra teacher.

"No, not yet!"

"I have to see this."
"So do I," said another former coworker who had let me into the orchestra room.

All 3 of us walked out the room, and I walked up the staircase and leaned against the banister behind him.  Kids saw me first, and it was HILARIOUS.  Instruments literally fell out of their mouths, and then you heard gasping.  M~ turned around, and I asked, "So how much did you miss me?"

Kids were kind of adorable.

When I announced to my 5th grade that I was leaving, literally every single kid in that class cried.  Upon my return, now 8th graders....they cried again.  It was super sweet and adorable.  They still had their 5th grade music binders because I had signed them.  They had kept their 5th grade music.  It was enormously sweet.

I'm glad I went.

It was nice to be able to go back as a visitor.  It's like being a grandparent - all the fun and none of the responsibility.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Back to the OC

I kept this one a secret, because I wanted it to be a surprise.

But I am back.

I have returned to Orange County, from whence I came.  My aunt, who lived in Orange, passed away and I have come for her memorial service to pay my respects.  I've known I was coming for a little bit over a week, and have basically been complaining about it for an entire week.

DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY