April 19 #Verselove – Holding Hands with Poems

Holding Hands with Poems with Stef Boutelier, April 19, 2024


On Being Armed in America
A Fibonacci Poem

crush life
with fear of losing–
Don’t drive. Don’t ring. And don’t mistake.


Things About You I’ve Memorized

  • your enthusiastic exuberance
  • holding you before we sleep
  • your faith grounded in life
  • your life grounded in faith
  • your turning phrases into rhymes
    and making up songs on the spot
  • your hospitality that goes on and on
  • your work ethic and support
  • your self-deprecating sense of humor
  • your healthy ways rubbing off on me
  • growing old together
  • holding your hand
  • this birthday that belongs to you


Early Birthday Celebrations

Today’s Slice of Life at TwoWritingTeachers.org, 3 August 2021

Even though it’s a few days before my birthday, I’ve begun to celebrate. Today my friend took me to my favorite coffee shop for my favorite drink–Kaldi chai. It’s their special recipe of milk tea with spices and lots of ginger. So yummy. She said it was a Friendship Day / Birthday tea party.

Our favorite restaurant is Lumee Street Café. This evening Keith and I went for an early birthday dinner.

Here’s the description of what we ordered (from the downloaded menu still on my phone). The pictures were taken after we had dug in and removed a lot of the yummy stuff.

On the lower left:

Couscous Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast – Spiced couscous, peas, long beans, snow peas, raisins, roast peppers, sun-dried tomato, pomegranate, caramelized onion, grilled chicken breast slices

On the lower right:

Cauliflower Koshari – Steamed cauliflower rice, fire-roasted cauliflower, green lentils, chickpeas, gluten-free spaghetti, onion hamsa, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, spicy daqoos sauce (V, GF)

Then dessert of Pralines and Cream from Baskin-Robbins.

In between I read chapters in the novel Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Now I’m relaxing and writing this post on my phone before I turn in early to read more in my book.


Day 19 Slice of Life – Birthday Wishes

Before we left on our Corona distancing holiday, the teachers and admin chipped in money for a birthday celebration for our vice principal. Then about a week before her birthday, we had to leave school. We celebrated during a virtual meeting and sent her with a virtual birthday card on her special day. But today, we surprised her with the gift we had bought for her last month.

The few supervisors, coordinators, and teachers who were on campus gathered in the room next door. Then we went into her room singing, “Happy Birthday.”  We were all spread out around the room, no hugs, no kisses, no cake. Just a VP who was touched and thankful for the gold necklace we got for her.

Everyone said goodbye and filed out of the room.

Celebrating in our new way.