It amazes me that getting an education in the public school system in this country can be so extremely different from school to school, state to state and dollar to dollar. The spending level per kid here is almost $2000 per year higher than in Nevada. I only wish we had gotten here sooner.
Lots of changes in one school year. New school, new teachers, new friends, a new home and new responsibilities. Daniel will now begin a senior project. This adventure should be required in every senior's life. Finding a mentor (not a relation) to encourage and guide you on a worthwhile (approved) endeavor, performing the tasks necessary to complete that goal and presenting to a board of local professionals will require skills that will become necessary in his future. I am so proud of the man that my son has become.
Speaking of details, Daniel made pens for his friends who graduated last week and the foreign exchange students he will miss. The pens were gorgeous. Since he IS a procrastinator, he was making them at the very last minute, so I didn't get a chance to take a picture of them all before he went out the door. I did snap this one though. I think he has a real talent for this hobby and the gifts that it generates are wonderful.
For the rest of us at NEWA, our time has not been idle. I wish you could be here to see our property first hand. I am reminded of the day we drove onto our property for the first time. There was no 'driveway' per se, and we had to haul the travel trailer through the brush and 'make camp' in the clearest place we could find. That property is gone forever! Now I live in what can only be considered a park!
I have seen two moose this week (big moose), cross the south end of the property and amble up and over the road towards the giant pond on the opposite side of the road. They are so much fun to watch and so easy to miss, I wonder what I actually HAVE missed.
We have several species of birds, including a plethora of hummers that are so brave I have to be careful when wearing my red t-shirt. There is even a resident bald eagle!
NEWA is a well-guarded secret. Some of the neighbors would like to keep it that way. I want to shout to the world about what a wonderful, joyful, experience I am having. I hope each of you can find your NEWA Experience. There is nothing in the world better.
PS - I forgot to mention the squirrels. We have Rocky AND Bullwinkle. :)