The story of Lee Ling and other tales

The ides of August saw school restart. Pants are the new requirement. Even the public schools on Pohnpei have stepped up. At first any green shirt was sufficient at Ohmine, any purple one at Nett. Now the students all have matching shirts, the same hue, with the school crest on the left front side. The students all look very sharp.

Dressed for day one
Dressed for day one

Waiting for his bank loan to come up, not sure what he has in mind buying with the money.

Waiting for his loan to come through
Waiting for his loan to come through

My Gel Evo’s died this past summer, and the 3010s are two years old. I dislike being down to a single pair of running shoes, but deciding which direction to go with running shoes is less clear post-Born to Run. As a statistician, however, I have a hard time arguing with 34 years of essentially injury free running in motion control and stability shoes. Past is prelude, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So the ASICS 3030 seemed like a prudent choice. Thus far the shoe has proven as worthy, but then for a runner who pushes shoes for up to two years in a torrid tropical climate, this is early days.

ASICS 3030 size 11 arrive
ASICS 3030 size 11 arrive

Chasing after an ant nest somewhere in the northeast corner of the living room led to a complete overhaul of the living room, rearrangement of furniture, and the moving of the black television shelving unit to a bedroom. Chaos rules part way through the process.

Autumnal clean-out and rearrangement of the living room
Autumnal clean-out and rearrangement of the living room

I took my daughter on a kayak into a small mangrove channel. The channel was a such a new environment to her that she was scared. Birds were chattering and the mangrove is full of the noises of natural life.

Mangrove channel in Kolonia
Mangrove channel in Kolonia

She does, however, enjoy kayaking in the lagoon.

Water girl kayaking
Water girl kayaking

Especially with friends.

Four women kayak event
Four women kayak event

Boys on bikes, riding up and down the extended driveway. There simply is no going back to a tricycle after one has tasted the freedom and speed of a bicycle.

Easy riders
Easy riders

In 1940 Eleanor Frances Lattimore wrote The Story of Lee Ling. The book has was retired out of a library in Ohio many long years ago, and found it way in retirement to the elementary school library the kids attend.

The Story of Lee Ling
The Story of Lee Ling
Written and illustrated by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Written and illustrated by Eleanor Frances Lattimore. Copyright 1940 by Harcourt, Brace and Company.
Lee Ling was a little Chinese girl, ten years old
Lee Ling was a little Chinese girl, ten years old

With eight sections, twenty-four contact hours per week, and five preps, staying organized is critical. My syllabi hang from the shelves in the bedroom and are the last thing I review before going to bed at night, the first thing I check when I rise in the morning. From left to right are statistics, ethnobotany, and physical science. Health science is on the right side around the corner.

Keeping organized
Keeping organized

The youngest member of the household was amazed by his visit to a boat a good deal larger than the Toppers he is accustomed to seeing. For days he has talked about getting to “g’rive” the big boat he saw.

Puzzled as to how to "g'rive" the boat
Puzzled as to how to “g’rive” the boat

Twins for a day.

Twins for a day
Twins for a day

This water baby can put in a solid four hours in the water under the tropical sun, no problem. And no sun burn. Just hungry and, after eating, sleepy.

Water baby
Water baby

Did I mention he likes boats?

At a dock
At a dock

A Tuesday lunch at Kaselehlie diner featured a favorite food: hot dog spaghetti.

Tuesday lunch at Kaselehlie Diner in Nett
Tuesday lunch at Kaselehlie Diner in Nett

Sunset over Sokehs ridge can be absolutely stunning here in the tropics. The catch is that there are stunning sunsets most non-rainy evenings. One eventually fails to stop and notice the glorious show going off in the evening sky. This night I stopped to reflect.

Sunset
Sunset
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