I have been preoccupied since Friday with thoughts of David Bosnick, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack last week. He was a neighbor, the husband of Michael's colleague Liz, Lilly's dad, Donna's mentor teacher, Ella's English teacher at the Middle School, a fellow fighter against the idiocy of current educational reforms (he's actually right next to me in that video I shared a couple of months ago). He was a loving, dedicated, demanding, enthusiastic, no-bullshit kind of man. He was deeply rooted in this community as a teacher, friend, man of faith, citizen. I am seeing beautiful tributes to him everywhere I turn. If you're on Facebook, check out what Michael said (not sure how many of you will be able to see this, but it is worth trying). There is also the newspaper's obituary and the linked guestbook. Then my friend Elsie wrote this list, which she called a 4am braindump, but she dumped it well.
ps. Today was the service, which was standing room only. Two good friends who I don't see nearly enough came into town, we did a lot of visiting and talking, which is both invigorating and draining, as you know from your own experiences of funerals and wakes. If I didn't have to prep my lesson plans for Monday, I'd probably take tomorrow off, but instead I have declared it Teach The Hell Out of The Children Day for the second day in a row, so I might as well turn up and do it.