A Libelous Display / Blissfully Astray

It’s that day today, one of my favorite days, of budding trees and fecundity, of celebrating work and celebrating play. My lawn is already overgrown, the daffodils in the back yard come and gone with the crocus and bluebells and now the tulips in full bloom, the first sprigs of green on the grape vine.

There are, as you might expect, stirrings among the cadets, as well. Classroom discussions bubble over easily into jokes or teasing or just into that uncontainable energy, and today, I let it go. How could I not? I had an observer in the classroom, evaluating my teaching, and my lesson plan called for small group work in the second half of class, and the groups got loud and excited and sometimes off-topic — but it’s May! How can you not let that energy go?

It’s May, the lusty month of May
That darling month when everyone throws self-control away
It’s time to do a wretched thing or two
And try to make each precious day one you’ll always rue

It was a good class, however blissfully astray we might have gone.

It was also my morning at the shelter for the week, and the cats are as wound up as the cadets, full of impulsiveness and energy, fat and noisy Clark making the rounds of the room for the first time and falling into the tub, little megasophagus Willie climbing up top to bat at cross-eyed Laverne, and Sean and Joey and Ben performing their alpha-male drama on the reduced stage of the counter by the sink with no one else paying attention.

It’s May. It’s May.

And Tink and Zeugma are five years old today.

A Libelous Display / Blissfully Astray

4 thoughts on “A Libelous Display / Blissfully Astray

  • May 2, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Happy birthday and a hearty dose of catnip to the girls. Yesterday I taught through gritted teeth, so I am relieved to hear that even cadets get wound up at this point in the academic year.

  • May 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I hear and obey, O librarian. Got out the grill last night, and did smoky broccoli over indirect heat with a tiny bit of soy sauce, and barbecue chicken with a nice, vinegary sauce with a little kick to it. It came out perfect, with dessert provided by my awesome Army major office mate, who’s — sad for me — taking off for another duty assignment at the end of the semester.

  • May 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Happy birthday to los gatos miedo, that grilling sounds delish, I celebrated this later May day by going to the Cinco de Mayo groceria and purchasing a Cuban with 3 different types of pork on it! SHAZAM! Now I am pushing the Teal Tank as I affectionately dub my ’93 Taurus. Life is good in da hood.

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