My First Frostbite!

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Daazhraii and Geoff among the caribou tracks on the lake at high noon

I guess I had a gap between my goggles and my neckwarmer when I was pushing the SWBravo’s land speed record (30mph) on the lake this weekend. There was this stabbing sensation like a needle pricking repeatedly across the bridge of my nose and I had to stop and slap a glove against it. Sure enough, it’s glowing all red and sore today. Photo on 12-4-17 at 4.09 PM

This fall has been the hardest since my first year of teaching, I think. There are conflicts with the district about a variety of things (including, stupidly, exactly how far away from the school we need to keep the dog), conflicts with community-members about my friends visiting, and conflicts with older students who feel that they have outgrown school. I am also a little personally conflicted: I want to apply to grad school, go and get a Masters in Creative Writing (poetry?!), but I don’t want to leave Arctic.

There aren’t resolutions for any of these, but camp is a good release valve, and I am getting comfortable with the chainsaw now, out there in the woods “rampaging around destroying woodpecker habitat” as Jesse said when he was visiting.

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Geoff and Jesse, crossing the creek into ANWR

The kids, on the other hand, the elemiddles at least, are doing great. They’re reading and writing much more willingly and skillfully than they did at the beginning of the year; They made incredible hand turkeys for Thanksgiving; They look forward to our daily chunk of Harry Potter read-aloud; They seem glad to be here and willing to bear with me a little more than they used to.

Tonight is the first sewing night at the council. It’s hard to get myself moving at the end of the day, but I’m really looking forward to learning a little beadwork and hanging out with some people who aren’t either under the age of twenty or Geoff. Wish me luck.

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7 thoughts on “My First Frostbite!

    • I hope this one doesn’t scar! I hate to admit it, but I am a little vain about my nose. Do you come out next week? We are having music week, so attendance should be great!

      • I will fly in on Sunday Dec.10 and leave Tuesday. Mark said he would pick me up Sunday. I emailed all of you last Sunday I am pretty sure. Could you make sure Geoff knows? Cant wait to see you and your nose! Music week will be great- sorry I am only there one full school day! Stay warm.

    • Alas! Sewing night was postponed. That is okay though, because now I can make cookies for the next time. It’ll all sort itself out after a while, or at least reach an equilibrium. With a little luck and some perseverance I think it’ll be a good spring semester.

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