May came and went without comment from the Ice’s. I don’t think I could tell you much about it either. Most all of May is a blur in my memory.
Here’s the rough sketch: I tied up loose ends at Ezell and put another semester in the books. I finished well if I do say so myself. I finished the semester on time, ahead of schedule actually, and covered the material sufficiently. I graded papers and had grades turned in. I cleaned out my office and classroom (that was surreal). I have a decaying bookshelf, three filing cabiniets and their contents left to bring home. I managed to get most everything else home a bit at a time over the course of the last sx-weeks. The big delay on the remaining files is that our garage is full: waist deep full with stuff already.
The Monday after graduation we headed south for two days in Disney World. We loved it: left Nashville on a 7am flight and we were in the park for lunch with Cinderella (in the castle I might add). We got a package deal that inlcuded everything, and for a reasonable price. Since I am losing summers (still trying to get used to that) we thought getting away for a few days at Disney World would be time well spent. And it was. Darby loved every minute and was a dream child. I will shamelessly brag on her: no crying fits, no tantrums, no difficulties. Laura and I thought that she would love it, but we were surprised at how well she did. (No I don’t have a “My child is an honor student…” bumper sticker; but I am a proud dad and this is my blog, so I can brag if I want to).
After that we spent a few days in St. Louis visiting Laura’s parents and then home again for about 2 days getting our breath in time for me to start at DCHS June 1. Things have started smoothly, and I am already busy researching and corresponding, touring and studying. I’m slowly learning how the collection is arranged and how to make sense of it all. I jumped right in and I’ll learn as I go. I’ve met some genuinely interesting and fine people in the last week. Verily verily, you never know who will walk in, or what the day’s mail will bring. Just today I spoke with a man who has one of Alexander Campbell’s Bibles (not the Living Oracles that Campbell printed and translated, but a copy of the Bible with AC’s signature in it). Put that in your pipe and smoke it! The commute has been a pleasant surprise: only about 30 minutes in and 45 minutes home. Some days it took longer getting to and from Ezell-Harding.
Ella now has three teeth, waves hello and goodbye, and claps her hands and holds her ear (?) when we say “peek-a-boo.” Darby positively loves her swimming lessons. Laura’s summer piano lessons started back up again this week.
Grace and peace, friends. Let us hear from you.