Anyway, I had the whole gang to the all-you-can eat buffet at Pizza Experts…picture of them all above, except for Vince who took so long in the washroom I got tired of waiting for him to come back and snapped the picture. Here’s a picture of Vince saying, “Why didn’t you wait for me to be in the group shot?” (Vince, who is a juggler and plans to go to circus school, wanted me to take pictures of him balancing ketchup and vinegar bottles on his forehead, but I said I wasn’t going to encourage that kind of behavior by photographing it).
The best part of the day was seeing the three students who are no longer with us this semester — Touria and Vanette, who graduated in January, and Paul, who beat the system by getting accepted to MUN as a mature student without finishing all his high school courses. The last pic, below is of Paul, me, and Ellie; if it had a title I would call it simply, “Irreplaceable.” Before Paul left last semester he used to frequently ask who I was going to find to be his “replacement” but I assured him some people in our lives simply aren’t replaceable.
This has been my busy week at work with new courses starting and new students coming in. I enjoy the challenge of getting to know new students and forming new relationships — but it’s true, the old ones really aren’t replaceable; every one is unique and I love them all (even if I have to take them to lunch instead of actually saying it!)
In other news, we had a genuine snow day this week; school closed on Wednesday (so I guess it wasn’t such a busy week!) with 10-15 cm of snow. There’s another 20-30 predicted tonight (such a waste, for it to come on a weekend!) and I am enjoying lots of those classic evenings curled up by the fire that I like so much. Still not enjoying the going-outside part of winter that much!
I’ve updated my book reviews at Compulsive Overreader with a couple of new ones — go check it out!