Thursday, October 15, 2009

Into the mist, snack and learning to fly

- Leaving midtown Atlanta around 6:45pm, the tops of the buildings all but disappear into the mist.

- Astounded by a friend's late afternoon snack in her office: pickled peppers, chocolate soy milk, red and pink M&Ms and pickled beets. A jaw dropping array. She is not pregnant, she says, this is just a collection of things she has nibbled on in the last couple of hours.

- A home town friend's mother has passed away. She was a lovely woman. I email to say how sorry I am, but also to share how her mother was my favorite teacher from long ago. When I was in the 2nd grade, she encouraged my precocious reading ability to the point that I ended up in a group by myself. She let me fly. And I love reading to this day because of that.

18 comments:

G said...

Wow, that later afternoon snack sounds like a stomach churner.

Lynn said...

G -

Apparently she has an iron stomach. :)

g-man said...

Have you started building the Ark yet?

The soy milk was the most disgusting thing you mentioned on that menu....:-)

LL Cool Joe said...

I love that photo!

I wouldn't mind the M&M's. :)

I'm sorry to hear about your favourite teacher. She sounds like she'll be missed.

Talon said...

So sorry for your friend's loss. It's amazing the impact a great teacher can have on our lives.

I'm not a fan of pickled peppers, soy milk is yucky to me, but pass the M&M's and the beets - only about 12 hours apart!

Mist is so mysterious! Great shot.

Pink Ink said...

I'm sorry about your friend's mom. That's wonderful that she could be a part of your life. Her legacy lives on.

What a snack combination. I'll take the beets and pink m&ms, not necessarily together, though. :-)

Lynn said...

G-man -

I know! What is the rain about? I hear the weekend will be dry and sunny though - and a bit cooler.

I haven't had soy milk - let alone chocolate soy milk.

Joe -

Thank you - I took it through the windshield which ended up giving it kind of a cool effect.

I read Mrs. Grant's obituary earlier and mentioned how many kids she had taught in 34 years.

Talon -

Oddly - I never crossed paths with Mrs. Grant again. She will always be about 30 years old in my memory. The great teachers seem to leave a legacy like that.

Jewel -

Isn't that the craziest food to have together? I like to make little picnics for myself sometimes, too, but it is generally Deluxe Mixed Nuts, Jarlsberg cheese and a chocolate bar. Maybe a little red wine. No beets.

boots said...

Hey fellow atlantian! And why didn't you get a pic of the array of snacks! and perhaps the consumer's face LOL! M&M's would be all I would need!

I know that your friend will cherish that you shared where your passion for reading got started. What a day huh?

Mama Zen said...

When I started reading your friend's snack list, I immediately thought "pregnant!" That's the only reason I could think of for such an assortment.

Lynn said...

Boots -

It has been a day. Thank you for visiting my blog - you must know where I was when I took the photo yesterday. Heading toward downtown on 14th Street at Williams Street.

I had a quick look at your blog and will be back - I like "Two Cats in the Yard." Crosby, Stills and Nash. Very cool.

Mama Zen -

When I asked if she was pregnant she said it would be a divine miracle. :)

Riot Kitty said...

Great photo! That is cool you had a teacher who encouraged you. Sorry she passed away.

As for your co-worker...crikey!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Great pic, really makes me feel the mist-
I'd still be pretty hungry were that my lunch- maybe a couple beets...
Sorry am important person in your upbringing left you behind. It's good to have such gratitude to treasure your experience with them for remembrance n comfort-
My older daughter is a power-reader also-

Lynn said...

Riot Kitty -

Crikey is a great word! And I agree!

Snaggle -

A good, caring teacher can make a huge difference in childrens' lives. My sister was a pre-school teacher and was dedicated like that. She knows a zillion clever songs for kids. (She is retired now.)

Cookie said...

ewwwww @ that snack. She MUST be pregnant!
So sorry for your friend's loss :(

Lynn said...

Cookie -

I know. Awful.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Blue Bunny said...

is that one on teh lefft the leening towre of pizza?

Jannie Funster said...

There is no underestimating the impact teaches make on little souls.

And I've always considered you in a group by yourself ever since I've 'met' you!

:)

Lynn said...

Blue Bunny -

Something about what you said makes me want pizza now. :)

Jannie -

As are you, my friend!