Man, spring crunch last night: two tennis matches, soccer game, Freshman orientation with Max. But I much prefer it that way to the alternative: one event every night, Monday through Thursday. Tonight is open, leaving me free to seed a few more beds: arugula, cress, lettuces, spinach, cilantro.
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series by the erudite Daniel Robinson, whose An Intellectual History of Psychology might be the best I never finished.
I went to Max's Freshman orientation last night. I was stunned by the well-behaved eighth grade students and the sheer number of parents in the audience that are friends, clients, or otherwise acquaintances of mine. When Michael (now 19) did the orientation, at the exact same small town high school, I told Marie that Armegeddon was coming to our town. The trashiness of the audience, the unruly student body . . . I was in a downright angry mood when I left. But last night? I felt great, like things are really looking good for my hometown and alma mater. It's amazing what a huge difference there can be between classes. I'd love to hear what causes the same demographic make-up to produce such radically different results.
Happy May Day to my TDE comrades.