The school year ends and summer looms before me with promises of slower days and restful ways. Once the buses pull away at mid-day on the 30th, our staff has a luncheon planned – and a surprise for our principal!
Dear Yvonne has been at the helm of our charter school since its inception and opening day two years ago. I have been honored to work with her and learn of her during that time. But, with the opening of a sister school in the next town, she will leave us and forge fresh foundations in our new school. Being a specialty teacher of the drama program, I will continue to work with her on the new campus, but will miss her on our original campus.
To express appreciation for her commitment and service to staff and student body, we’re preparing a beach themed display of gifts. Yvonne commutes an hour each way from the shore area where she lives, so a summer filled with beach adventures is decidedly in her plans. What to do? Gift her with a beach tea, of course!
I hit upon the idea when passing this seashell shaped teapot in a store window. I loved the blue color and the shape was so unusual. I thought I could build a sweet display around the pot. But, I’d have to pull together a handful of little things to complete the scene – not to mention a sweet treat.
The local bakery had just the thing – in the shape of a seashell, “sfogiatelle” – native to Italian pastry cuisine – resembling a clamshell and filled with a ricotta cream center, then dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Served with dried blueberries and chocolate candies, the pot can hold anything from delicious green or herbal teas to lemonade.
I spent a delightful afternoon treasure hunting from store to store to connect the dots of the picture I had in my mind for this “beach tea.” Pulling some display props from my luau party bin in my basement (doesn’t everybody have a luau party bin in their basement?) I set the scene on a small blue fold out table I’d found that matched the pot and mug to perfection.
Everything seemed to just fall into place. The sentiment on the mug – which is in the perfect shade of blue to match the pot – was especially appropriate:
Education is a process. Patience and faith are what’s needed in a master teacher. Yvonne has been a consistent role model of these virtues, working tirelessly grooming her teaching staff and celebrating the potential she discerns in each and every student. Her enthusiasm and bubbly personality are like the waves rushing to embrace the shoreline – constant and sure – dependable in the moments – always more where the first came from – enough to fill the days.
Thanks, Yvonne! Your example has been a guiding compass to me – I have learned so much from you. May God richly bless you with rest and renewal over the summer, returning refreshed and ready for more teaching and learning adventures come September!