Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Look What I Saw This Morning!

When I awoke fifteen minutes ago and stumbled out to my refrigerator, the last thing I expected to see was this! All of Gyeongju is blanketed in pristine white. What a surprise! It had actually been getting a bit warmer, and the other teachers were talking of spring yesterday.

I don't think we'll be seeing spring any time soon! And of course, it won't be overly pleasant having to walk to school in this (with even more coming, it looks like). Still, my mind is buzzing with different ways I can use this sudden snowfall in my lessons. I just had a great idea for a game for my second batch of kindy kids.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"