Hi, I'm back. Sortof. All of the funeral arrangements- visitation, funeral, out of town burial, ended today. I start teaching again tomorrow and I am ready for our routine to be back in place.

As I was walking across the street to fetch little boy from his friends' house - they kindly brought him home after school for an extended playdate- I noticed the first blossom of spring in my garden. The periwinkles are always early- sometimes as early as the flowering quinces- but this bright blue peeked out at me from under its blanket of leaves and mulch. It cheered me and reminded me that hope, new life, normalcy, all that we love in live- is just around the corner. My mother in law was a very accomplished woman who loved her life and cheered all of those around her.

Thank you so much for all of your kind comments, prayers, support, cards, and thoughts over the past week. I appreciate them more than you know. Thank you, friends. We're getting there.