The moment I had been both dreading and expecting arrived Thanksgiving morning. My 98 year-old grandmother passed away – peacefully and with my cousin by her side. She had been failing for a little while now and was under the care of Hospice at her nursing home. It is the end of an era for my family and the end of a very significant relationship for me. My trip to Illinois to see her last month has helped me a lot during this time as that was one of the last times that she was lucid and coherent – that is the memory of her last days that I want to take with me.
I am writing this on Friday evening and I will fly home tomorrow morning. The family is gathering from far and wide for the viewing on Monday and the funeral on Tuesday. This may very well be one of the last times this much of my family is together so while there will be sadness, there will also be joy in seeing those I do not normally see. As with most of life, it is more complicated than straightforward. The other thing that I am looking forward to is that the family is going to let me say a few words at the funeral. I feel honored to be able to publicly remember her, though I am also a little nervous. If you happen to think of me Tues morn, send some good vibes my way.
I am leaving you on short notice. I have requested a sub from the system but have no idea if anyone will pick the job up. Whoever you have, even if it is a succession of colleagues – please make their job easy. There is an assignment, a legitimate assignment, not just something to pass the time. Please take it seriously and do it in earnest. It is built on the ToK Essay prompts and will help us moving forward with our work on those. The instructions are not complicated though they are a little long. They do need to be read all the way through before you begin so you know where you are going. And to help you to that end, I have posted a copy of the sub plans below. Feel free to read it on your own so you know what is going to happen.
Thanks again for your cooperation in this. Though I do not like to be out of the classroom, I like that I feel that I can trust you to recognize when to let loose and when to buckle down and focus. Thanks for that trust.
I will see you on Weds&Thurs and we can de-brief then.
Here is all the stuff I gave out in class plus an additional pdf that is IB’s explanation of the rubric. You should read all of this at some point in the next 2-3 weeks. Enjoy.
A couple of things to consider as you find yourself thick in the college admissions process.