Is it possible that the school year has passed so quickly? After a very busy May with Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" we all studied Holden in his anquish and despair at the consumer-based America of the 1950's. Then we quickly moved onto James McBride's The Color of Water where we traveled over seventy years with a very special mother named Ruschel, no wait, Rachel no wait again, Ruth. Two husbands and twelve children later, Ruth McBride's life is a testimony to perseverance and love. We even had George Spivey, Falmouth's Affirmative Action Officer, inform and entertain us on Civil Rights and meeting James McBride. We ended the year with a personal narrative and a final exam essay on the forces that shape one's own identity, It fulfills our second essential question of the year: What is an identity and how is it formed?
Today, June 13, was the last full day of classes and I spent the period in writing conferences and expressing how it has been my pleasure to teach each and everyone of them. Although they can only think of the beach and summer fun, I become nostalgic and a little sad that another school year has passed. I hope they have enjoyed the year as I have. I rejoice and celebrate them all because they have taught me much more than I have taught them.