There were a few things I'd forgotten about May. In fact, I'd forgotten entirely about May, the lost month between my birthday/Easter and the end of school/Eden's birthday.
Well, May is wild! -- wild with growth, the month of true spring, each week a new series of blooms erupting from ground or tree; and wild with movement as school kicks up all the fun its withheld all year -- field days and field trips, popsicle parties, presentations, projects. Suddenly there are more papers to have signed and shoved in folders, more hours to appear at school, to stand places and cheer for kids, to list words they have to spell or check stories that are to be finished and illustrated. The pace was head-spinning and what I heard myself exhale all month as we coasted into parking places two minutes before was we made it, because by the skin of our teeth we did, over and over. In May every entrance and exit was a feat of organization -- bags locked and loaded by the door for pool or field or class, uniforms washed or at least shin guards found, and matching socks to cover them. And all the while, mounting anticipation of June, summer.
The warblers arrived, the trees turned summer green, and June burst over the mountain. It smelled good, tasted good, and was gentle to the eyes.
-my side of the mountain
The smell of late May into early June is intoxicating, deep pockets of honeysuckle hanging low, mowed grass, rain-stirred earth. All of May it has felt like this, like June was crouching just on the other side of the mountain waiting to burst.
It has come!
The heat is rising from the pavement and mugginess settling into the air.
Thunderheads pile up in the afternoons.
We all exhale.
Tomorrow is the last day of school for the kids. We are remembering whom we want to thank, the people who have carried them through this year, sometimes at a wrestle, sometimes with ease. Silas will bake his pound cake-for-teachers this afternoon, the one he claimed as his own in 1st grade and always loves to give. And Eden will draw pictures of girls wearing necklaces winking, and use all sorts of adjectives like humorous and encouraging. And then, just like that, another school year will end.
Pound Cake for Teachers (Cream Cheese Pound Cake, from Orangette.blogspot.com)
makes 2 loaves
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
8 oz cream cheese, at room temp
3 c sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 325.
Grease two loaf pans (can also line with parchment, easier to remove)
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt. Set aside
In a stand mixer, combine butter and cream cheese; beat til soft and fluffy.
Add sugar and beat 2 more min.
Add eggs one at a time, beating well, and add vanilla.
Reduce to low and add flour mixture in three doses, beating just to combine.
Bake ~55-60 min, or until golden and knife comes out clean.
Let cool in pan before removing.