The first two days of parent/teacher conferences are behind me. Both afternoons, Sue and I met with parents for 15 minute intervals from 1:15 until 5:00 with scarcely a break between conferences. By the time we've seen our last parent to the door and said goodnight, the sun has set and it's almost dark. When I finally get home, I need my flashlight as I gather eggs, feed Corny and herd the geese into the barn. Not surprisingly, last night I was in bed and asleep by nine o'clock. One more long stretch of conferences this afternoon. Tomorrow's meetings "only" go through 4:30 and then this marathon's over.
I'm typing this from bed in the wee-early hours of Wednesday morning. The window above my head is cracked open and through it comes the long-awaited, much-anticipated, joyful music of rain. At last.