Congratulations to Santa Cruz High School's Class of 2017! Thank you to my dear students for helping me learn and grow with you. Friday night was my last night in Santa Cruz, after living there for 32 years. We have packed and shipped most of our household stuff to Hawaii and Alaska. I have loaded my currently needed essentials into my trusty truck, while I tie my final loose ends in California.
Successive summers of boat living have helped me adapt to a more transient lifestyle. Yet I still have to rummage through the truck just to find my socks. Once I'm on my boat in a few days, I'll repeat the packing and organizing process until I can efficiently find things again.
I have been whirling from one place to another over the past few days. Thank you, Brent, for the kind words and presentation of my beautiful "SC" letter. Thank you Lauren for the beautiful framing of that letter. It's already packed in my suitcase. Thank you Kathy, Steve, and Michelle for taking such good care of us at school in more ways than anyone can imagine. Thank you, Iver, for the beautiful Cardinal mug I have been wanting ever since I first came to SCHS.
Thank you to my friends at the SCHS World Language Department for the Bookshop SC gift card. I will have fun using it next time I come to Santa Cruz! Thank you, Michelle, Peter, Sophia, and Riley for hosting my send-off with my World Language "familia/famille," and for letting me camp out at your place that wonderful evening. It was the perfect transition to my new lifestyle.
I have lived in California for 40 years. Now I'm leaving. it's going to take me awhile to reflect and express my gratitude for all the blessings I have reaped while living here.
In the mean time, much aloha to all of you! I will miss you. I won't miss the traffic, nor some of the other craziness. But I will miss everyone I know here. So please take us up on our offer to come visit.
A few things I'm passionate about: