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Sunday blues

The rugby was terribly important to so many people here. It's a kind of part of our daily life, it's ingrained in us, the whole thing is actually part of our culture, so it's hard to remove oneself from the heartbreak of the loss, particularly with a crap novice ref and an unfair sin binning, and more midfield penalties than the rest of the World Cup games put together.
That aside, the guys didn't do the job and that's just bad luck for us. But it was heartbreaking to see everyone come into Mass five minutes after the game ended, all looking terribly sad. Still, we had a special Mass, where we remembered Passchendale (ninety years on). JCjnr asked me to read Dame Sylvia Cartwright's speech (she was our Governor General then - Queen's rep) at the tomb of the unknown soldier a couple of years ago. It was a good speech, especially the bit about the gate of the milking shed... ooh, here it is:

After I'd finished, JCjnr went to add a few words but his voice broke down and it was very moving, and as I slunk back to the keyboard, we all just sat there in silence for a whole minute, by a kind of mutual agreement.

We had friends over for lunch, and then a veritable railway station of people coming by, friends from last night's dinner coming back to collect their car (!), a friend for Finn dropped off by his dad, a neighbour selling raffle tickets, and all the while a raging storm, wind, rain, and that's been on and off for the entire week.

I've done a LOT of schoolwork, I've written my job application letter, I've 'Christianised' my CV for this job *g* I've planned some lessons and I've gotten the boys to get their uniforms ready for the morning.

Ooh and we just went to Hairspray after dinner! We went to the little theatre in Island Bay, near the sea, and sat in double armchairs. And the movie was wonderful! John Travolta was a genius, Zac Effron actually looked good, Amanda Bynes was her brilliant comic self, in fact everyone was great, and the lead girl was a dream! And dealing with racism in America in 1962, Christy had to watch it for History. They're doing the whole Black Civil Rights thing this term. After the movie, we drove back round all the bays, and Asher was amazed how dark it is by the coast at night, no streetlights, a dark windy night. He said he thought cars would crash but I pointed out that we did have headlights.

And so tomorrow, back to school. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah...


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Oct. 7th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a very moving service.

I've wanted to see Hairspray, I heard it was really good.

And so tomorrow, back to school. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah...
Boo. I'm having enough trouble motivating myself for work.
Oct. 8th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
-Boo. I'm having enough trouble motivating myself for work
C'mon, Cari, I'm not giving you too much time at work, you know. It's time for another nudge... Hey, how about you go to pharmacy school if you like that job. You're been the cleverest teen I've met in a while. I have one other one at school just now and we've gotten her university entrance at year 12. So. Now I want to work on you some more *g*

Your loving nagging friend xxx

And Hairspray was good. Worth it. And uplifting. Like life's worth the effort and fun!
Oct. 8th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Working on it...in time, it will come.

And Hairspray was good
Gotta see it!
Oct. 8th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, the rugby was a bit devastating... and the ref was just awful!!! - Chris cried at the end of the game... I never thought I would care about rugby but I do!

So you are applying for the job - I thought you would!! Hope school goes well!!

Oct. 8th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
Poor Chris. It was very sad.

-So you are applying for the job - I thought you would!! Hope school goes well!!
Thanks. School was good today... *g* but it was a howling wind and pouring rain, and I thought my first lesson Year 13s wouldn't show, but this term they can wear mufti so I think that motivated them to get up and get to school to show off! They were nearly all there!

Oct. 8th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Glad to hear the first day of term went OK.

Oct. 8th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! My Mondays are usually quiet ones so I managed to get quite a bit of admin stuff done which was good. But wow, the weather! Absolutely terrible. I wrote up on the board, Welcome Back to Spring in Wellington!
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