I voted in the primary election today. My voting place has switched back to being the beloved elementary school I attended, Elizabeth Lenz. I had not set foot in that school since I voted there in November of 2000 (My polling place switched to another school, further away for the years 2002 and 2004.). Prior to voting there in 2000, I don't believe I'd been inside Lenz since I graduated from the school on June 8, 1994. I love that school so much. I still go there, on my nightly jogs and spend time on the school grounds but I never get inside it anymore. Everything looked so much smaller than I remembered it being!
I'm trying to enjoy every minute I have left to spend with the Bernice Mathews kids. I still can't imagine not seeing them on a weekly basis, watching them grow up, sharing "precious little moments" with them, hearing all the cute things they say etc. They've been a huge part of my life for a year now and I will miss so many of them so very much.
Doing the before school program this week has been filled with bad and good. It is horrible to get up and be at work that early (though Angie has to be at work even earlier so I shouldn't complain!) but, at the same time, it has given me an opportunity to see two of my favorite kids again. When Marisa saw me on Monday, it had been two months since I had seen her. When she saw me, her face lit up and she sounded so excited when she said "Janet!" It was really touching and totally great to see her again. I will also miss Alexandra, who has talked to me, just about every morning, over the past year. I do hope to see her in the future as she is a Little Sister. Hopefully we'll see each other at Big Brothers/Big Sisters events in the future. I love these kids so much and I am so sad that I'll miss talking to them.
At the after school program today, we played tennis on the Mathews playground. It was so much fun and I totally got my exercise for the day. During homework time, I had about five kids demanding my attention at the same time. Usually, this would have frustrated me. Today, I just tried to savor it.
I'm now, in the next week, going to try to catch up on correspondence I've been neglecting for a long time. Thank you to everyone who has been patient with me.