Anyway, I was walking through a crowded estate sale and the house was filled with stuff. It was a lot to take in. I picked up a couple of little things and as I walked through the kitchen I saw the green bowl jammed in the back of a pantry with a $9.00 sticker on it. It's in beautiful shape and I was thrilled. I clutched it close to me as I made a beeline to the table to pay up and leave. I just never see this pattern anywhere except on eBay or in an occasional antique mall. To find one at an estate sale at such a great price was fun. A real treasure!
At that same sale I also picked up two books - one is an 1895 edition of the complete works of John Keats; I, of course, have several old volumes of Keats and some modern printings, but I liked this old one. It's got a plate with his portrait in front.
I also picked up a 1958 edition (hardback) of Gilbert Highet's The Art of Teaching which is apparently considered a classic. It's filled with such gems as "The teacher's chief difficulty is poverty." And on the subject of "tough schools" and the challenges of the unmotivated, he writes:
"A woman teacher in such a situation has a far harder time than a man...it is worse than useless to post a woman to such tough schools. One of the essential reforms which should be made is to staff them all with men. Girls will respect a man, and the boys will at any rate not despise him."
I can't wait to read this book and see what other bits of advice I've missed out on all these years. I'm not being wholly sarcastic: the book is reputed to be filled with good common sense. I'll add it to my summer reading.
Other than that, it's a lazy Saturday at chez SIGIS while I crawl back onto the couch to continue my recovery. My neighbors are industriously working in their front flower beds and I feel like a sloth, but I've got to get this crud behind me. Summer is coming!