My New Normal Turns Out To Be My Old Normal!

I am so sorry tea, but that Southern Pecan coffee is insanely delicious and I needed a major jolt this morning.

Today is the final day of classes on the Migration and Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly as well as the Fall Festival at school. We had the fourth graders yesterday and they were fun. Those questions though. How long does it live ( 4-6 weeks) How do you know if it’s a boy or girl? (Spots) Does it poop? At that one my little friend by the pencil popped out a nugget and of course all the boys wanted to touch the poo. The only thing left in the hatchery is a chrysalis and a new butterfly and 2 caterpillars. One Monarch and one Swallowtail. They will all be released today.

The kids wrote about the life cycle and then made terrariums. Tommy showed up right before school let out and we planted some herbs and stuff in the salad garden. Each grade has a raised patch to tend. They graph the progress and learn a lot of lessons in the garden.

So it turns out my ‘new’ normal, is really my old profession. Teaching. But this time on a volunteer basis. I’m loving it. Kids are in my comfort zone and I get to see my boy at school. Yesterday while waiting on pick up he was snuggled up with some blonde floozy until PaPa saw him. Then he proceeded to tell all his friends that I was making him a Jurassic World cake for Saturday. I did not know this.

On a weird note…I received a friend request on IG from a real live Saudi Prince! Verified. I told him I don’t talk to men on the internet so he suggested Hangouts so we could plan our future life together. Is it bad that I thought about it for like 5 seconds? Then I blocked him.

Have a great Friday and look for the last of the Monarchs headed south!

xx Patricia

We watched a Monarch being born!!!

Oh doesn’t the universe laugh when we make a plan! No, it was not a book and bed day yesterday.

Instead it was a last-minute hustle to get to Corbin’s school to help out with the Monarch Migration in the Monarch Gardens. So at noon here we were leading classes of kids through the book, the habitat that has been in the library until one glorious butterfly was born.

The second class was Corbin’s and wouldn’t you know it just as Miss Sarah got to the chrysalis part the other brown one started breaking open! And out came a little butterfly. It felt like we were cheering on someone giving birth that we didn’t know, but it was awesome!

My group was the boys so we looked all around the garden for caterpillars, eggs, and of course butterflies, which were plentiful. We found the one caterpillar on the stripped milkweed plant and a few eggs on the under side of one of the plants.

One of the little girls asked me which kid was mine. I told her Corbin and I’m not even sure what happened next. She started yelling at all the girls and pointing at me yelling ‘Hey y’all she’s Corbin’s Nana!! I looked at the other mom and said ‘Is this a big thing?’ ‘Oh yes, she said. Corbin is a hot property, even my daughter moons over him.’ If you notice on the bench he is sitting on there are only girls. All I could think was please lord don’t let him be a pimp or a cult leader. Then another girl asked me if I could talk to him because he doesn’t like her. Me? Uh, okay, here have an acorn!

I learned that my baby is really in to following the rules. I was in and out of his room a few times and he never looked up from his work. But when he saw PaPa in the doorway I thought he would burst. He also saw the glass of sweet tea in PaPa’s hand so it was probably the promise of sweet tea!

All in all we loved it and intend to do a lot more. The garden is a school/community garden and we can go work there and pick things anytime, so I’m keeping my eye on the pumpkin patch!

Turns out it was a much better day than the one I planned. And I am still amazed at that little brown thing becoming a butterfly! How insane!

Have a good Tuesday and be a school volunteer. Especially if you have been a teacher like Tommy and I . Things have changed and we can’t wait until the Fall Festival on Friday night!

xx Patricia