Snow dusted Seattle not once, but twice this week, rare but not unheard-of for mid-February. School was delayed by a few hours one day but was thankfully on schedule the next. Parents rejoiced citywide. Any more snow day cancellations and the kids will still be in school by the 4th of July!?!
The parking strip at my daughter’s school is not planted up. Too much foot traffic, too many visibility issues, and the parents’ gardening volunteer hours are concentrated elsewhere (courtyard ecosystems, a bamboo grove, and a developing native plant garden, for example). On a late-winter day, though, little shoots of new grass were valiantly battling their way up through the snow.
The school has a lovely tradition of pairing incoming kindergarten students with 5th grade “buddies” who look out for them on the playground, help them with reading, and, this month, came with them to PE to help them learn to roller skate. It’s a very sweet program that benefits the older kids as much as the little ones, and helps to make everyone feel woven into the school community. This large cedar and its smaller “friend” next to the school’s parking lot reminded me of the big-and-little pairings that have meant so much to decades of kids since this program began.
One of the most fun things about a fresh snow, even as light a sprinkling as this, is seeing all the tracks, human and animal and avian, that appear. Hm, who do you think this one was? A kid’s best friend?