Yesterday the girls and I had the opportunity to attend a performance of the play Sunjata Kamalenya sponsored by the Alaska Junior Theater. It was fantastic! Engaging performers and lots of audience participation. Not to mention we sat in the front row! This little video clip from their web site gives you an idea of what it was like.
While we were in town we also swung by the new Voyage to Excellence (aka VTE) school that is part of our school district. This school is located next door to our district office. It's an amazing program...I won't go into a lot of detail here to keep this from turning into a commercial, but I was honored to be invited to teach bread making to a group of high schoolers with interest in the culinary arts. It was so much fun...and they were so welcoming and inclusive of my girls, too.
Of course, no trip to town is complete without some shopping. In order to fit in the shopping, we left on the 8am tunnel. Seems early, but I am telling you that no one was complaining as we watched this amazing sunrise unfold!!
As they were talking about the sunrise in the back seat I realized how my emotions can really run the gamut during a car ride. I can be so frustrated that I just.want.to.scream and 10 minutes later I can be so overwhelmed with love for my kids that I am in tears. Something about being all there together for an extended period of time with few distractions and zero opportunity for escape. You hear all the time about how the car is the best place to have conversations with teenagers, but I don't think it is limited to teenagers. I have truly had some of the most meaningful conversations with my kids in the car...everything from death to religion to civil rights...you name it, it's fair game in the car. Honestly, I think it's pretty cool...and although some days I want to pull my hair out, I think my kids are some pretty cool human beings.