Photo and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends! How are you? We have two more weeks of school left but we’re definitely in the winding down of the school year phase. The last elementary school choir concert was Wednesday. The last track meet was yesterday. The middle school yearbooks have been handed out. Ralph turned in his last term paper last night — freshman year of college complete! Has summer break already happened for you? My social feeds are full of graduation photos and end of year parties. It’s making me so happy!

Oakland public schools are off today, which means we have a 4 day weekend. I know. They are as rare as unicorns and must be appreciated. So we took a roadtrip! In fact, I am writing this from I-80. We are on a drive to the middle of Nevada to meet up with one of our favorite families, the Lattins, and spend the weekend with them catching up.

The whole family is feeling a bit nostalgic. Partly it’s knowing we’re headed to see old friends, and reminiscing about our Colorado memories as we drive. And partly it’s a general awareness of the transitions that are coming with the end of the school year. It’s like the whole family can physically feel the precious time rushing by. Are any of you feeling it too?

I’m going to sign off now — we have an audiobook of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and I want to listen in! — but before I go, I have a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– We weren’t that resilient.

– I love when people watch out for each other.

– Listen to the whisper.

The Oppression of the Imagined Gaze. So good. Written by my nephew.

– Time lapse chalk art.

– The dangerous acceptance of Donald Trump.

– Boston sidewalks have secret poems.

– Stunned and sickened by this gun auction.

– A summer of nothing. What would your kids think?

– The taboo against screen time might be classist and sexist.

– How the other fifth lives. (NYT)

– A vineyard employs 900 ducks.

I hope you have a terrific long weekend and beautiful Memorial Day. I’ll meet you back here on Tuesday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — I know I use the flag photo pretty much every year for Memorial Day, but I love it so much. It was taken in France at the WWII American Military Cemetery. Each year they put these flags out at every headstone on Memorial Day and it’s incredibly moving to witness. Truly a sacred place to visit.