First I wouldn't recommend taking the Red-Eye special to Montreal after teaching the last week of school and then getting in a car in a raging rain storm. I found myself falling asleep as I finally escaped the rain and was speeding down a relatively deserted autoroute on my way to Lennoxville.
Fortunately when I began to veer into the right lane I did wake up and stayed awake until I made it to
|just as river goes into Lake Massawippi|
The Eastern Townships are very pretty and one of the prettiest towns is North Hatley. My father's ancesters were early settlers in this area and I lived in the house my grandfather built until I was almost eight and went to first and second grade in North Hatley. When I was in second grade we moved to a nearby town, Waterville. Waterville is also pretty but the kind of place that gets left off maps! The next town is Compton, birthplace of Louis St. Laurent, former prime minister, so it gets on maps.
|favorite corner of North Hatley|
|a bit of the Bishops' campus|
|The house my grandfather built|
a link to hear a few interviews with other grads. My friend, Steven, got the award for coming the farthest as for the last six years he had been teaching in China. Well there was the inevitable class picture of course so here you go! I think our class actually had the most grads return!
|view going down King Hill in Sherbrooke|
|Howardene in Sherbrooke|
|view from the Littles' cottage|
I initially thought I would write about my whole trip in one entry but that didn't really work out. I promise to be more succinct in my next entries! And what does this have to do with later literacy? I actually think that I received quite a good early education in all my schools-North Hatley, Waterville, Lennoxville. I also learned lots of life lessons growing up in small communities. Recently I was chatting with a friend about her reservations about full day kindergarten for her not quite five year old. My kindergarten was a small family farm on a road where I knew every family. My summer days were endless...