grading day

Annelies and I came back from getting lunch--sushi rolls--to find some of our seniors taking a break from their Group 4 project on the lawn in the front of the school.

Three of the girls were lying in the lush grass, heads on each others' stomachs. They were under the half shade of the tree, and when we passed they lifted themselves in unison to say "hi" to us, then settled gracefully back down again.

The boys were playing some game of catch, one throwing to three or four others, running lightly and easily over the emerald grass, with the compact muscles of late adolescence and their skin glowing.

They all looked so healthy and happy and natural, out there in the October midday, the breeze then just lightly blowing, and it made my heart sing to see them.

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