September is always a busy month and this has certainly been no exception. It started the day before Amara went back to school. Again, this year the PTA board and a few volunteers held a breakfast for the teachers the morning before the first day of school. I did my part and made two loaves of Monkey Bread – they really had a feast and the teachers loved it!
The following week I went to the first ever PTA Mixer which was a huge success with a great turnout. The idea of the mixer was for parents to get to know each other as well as their children know each other. The other goal was to give them a chance to find out what the PTA does and what they might want to do to help.
The PTA had set up tables with games and crafts in the back of the room so that the children could play together while their parents mingled. One of the Dads and a friend of his have a band and they played soft rock music while parents walked around visiting the different PTA tables. They got lots of new volunteers.
The next day, when it was 96 degrees out, I had volunteered to help sell fruit pops after school. The first 2 weeks of school were the hottest weeks we had all summer. Jenna and I worked together and while we almost melted, it was so much fun! I think every student bought one that day.
Two weeks later I got to do it again. This time I worked with another volunteer Grandma! Her Grandson is in Amara’s class and we had a great time working together. The 2 kids thought it was really cool that both their grandmas were there. It was a bit overcast that day and even sprinkled for a moment but it certainly didn’t hurt our sales!
Between those two weeks was 9/11. Amara’s school had the most moving 9/11 Memorial ceremony and I got to be there. (One of the advantages of volunteering and being on campus often is I got to sit right up front next to the Channel 9 News camera man!) The Principal felt since many of the students weren’t born when this happened they needed to take time out to discuss it and to remember. As 1300 students marched onto the quad and the lunch area, I was shocked by how big the student body is. Most of them were wearing red shirts. One of the students (and someone we love — see photo below) led those students in the Star Spangled Banner. Another young student and friend addressed the student body and asked, “Who are your heroes?” Her story was all about that fourth plane and every one choked up. Sitting here typing, I get choked up. As I walked back to the classroom with Amara and one of her friends, he asked me if I had seen any of the YouTube videos about when this happened. When I told him, I was awake and watching the news when the 2nd plane hit his eyes got as big as saucers. It was a wonderful hour.
I know that this post isn’t all about Amara but each one of these occasions meant I got to spend extra time with her and her Mommy plus a chance to get extra hugs, too! Besides, none of these things would have happened if it weren’t for Amara!
She has spent the night with us a couple of times since school started, nothing special, just the usual fun. Sunday morning after riding our bikes, we decided to go to the duck park and feed the ducks. We hadn’t done it in ages so we shelled one of the old dried sunflower heads and headed to the park. The plan was to feed the ducks and spend some time playing and then we were going to Winchell’s Donuts. I really don’t remember the last time that we went and got donuts. We have been so busy making pancakes and various kinds of monkey bread so this would be a special treat. Even more of a treat to Amara who is just devastated that the Winchell’s near her house has closed. She made sure I got extras for Mommy & Daddy, as “They haven’t had Winchell’s in a long time either, Grandma”. This Winchell’s isn’t exactly close to us but it is close to the duck park, which was closed for reconstruction!
So we got our donuts and went home. I am now on a mission to find another park near us that has ducks!
We’ve been having lots of fun.