Last day of School


vacation visions
behind sleepy eyes-
empty classroom

Our family uses a hybrid system for homeschooling. Today was our last “learning center” visit for the year. Seeing the children excited about the upcoming summer reminded me of my own childhood.
Given that we only spend 2.25 hours a week at the learning center not much will change on our schooling but why does change is the start of camps.
For my wife and I summer is more a break for us! For the next month Ava, our daughter, has horse camp and the three weeks of kungfu camp. She will be busier than usual and my wife and I will have 6 hours a day to ourselves.
What are our summer plans? Add a bathroom, drop ceiling and insulation to our basement. With Ava occupied we can finally clean our her baby toys and put them away for future generations.

I am sure to have many memories and haiku ideas spawn while I do the aforementioned work and I hope you will follow the progress.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

4 responses »

  1. Nice to have proper plans for your summer, even if you’re going to be super productive. Otherwise it’s too easy to fritter them away without realising how fast they are disappearing! Hope you all enjoy your time out, taking time to relax as well, of course! 🙂

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