Friday, May 7, 2010

Night and Day

It's such a trip teaching wild teenagers who've had people in their lives locked up--many of whom have learning and/or emotional disabilities, anger issues, serious ADHD, bad impulse control, etc., who often don't have stable housing, healthy food, or any sort of consistency in their lives . . and then babysitting after school for little infants and toddlers who are the healthiest, most loved, well-cared for kids on the planet. Guess it speaks to the greater chasm in our society between the lucky and the unlucky, those who have and those who don't. Gotta say, I'm pretty glad that I have both in my life. Here they are, my little paradoxes:

My cousin Adam was in town early this week for business (ohhhhh how I wish I was "in town" in cool cities "for business," hahaha). He was staying around Fisherman's Wharf, and my friend Josh Klipp happened to be performing a jazz set nearby at Enrico's in North Beach, so I swung by and picked up Adam on Tuesday night, and we sat at Enrico's, semi-outdoors, and listened to Josh croon while eating yummy Italian food and sipping cocktails (well, *I* was sipping cocktails). Josh is a great singer, dancer, and def knows how to work a stage! Check out his sometimes jazzy, sometimes R&B-ish music. Did I mention he's a lawyer by day? I love seeing my talented friends perform. And, I love seeing my talented STUDENTS perform. Which they're doing tonight, at CIIS in San Francisco, at 6:30 pm! They really are so brave, getting on stage and reading their stories about the saddest parts of their lives. I'm kind of in awe of them right now (wait--maybe I should save that for tomorrow--don't wanna jinx it).

Here's a photo of Josh at Enrico's that doesn't do him or the place justice:

So excited for the weekend, y'all! After my kiddos' big event tonight, I plan to do a whole lotta nail-painting, tv-watching, sun-basking, day-dozing, lazing about tomorrow!

Wish my little rascals luck tonight!

1. Check out Summer's delicious giveaway (sweet yellow handmade rose earrings? what's more perfect for this time of year??)!

2. Then, check out sweet Micaela's delicious giveaway (J.Crew necklace & floral pouch!)--soooo pretty! Plus, her blog is one of my faves and she's my new favorite email friend.



bananas. said...

can i just say i adore the way you talk about your students. you seem to come alive when you speak about them which makes my heart smile because sadly these are the same kids other people will look at, judge and immediately disregard.

you are an amazing person for what you do. just thought you should know.

have an awesome weekend! xoxo.

Micaela said...

I wishing all your kiddos THE BEST of luck! it is AMAZING what you do and they're such a cute bunch! i am seriously in awe of you claire. You must love every day you get to change lives!

perfection: live music, cocktails, AND italian food-- not to mention family visiting.

also perfection? the way you plan to spend your weekend!

thank you sooo much for blogging about my giveaway dear friend! :) YOUR emails are so fun and i def. owe you one! can't wait :)


Erika said...

I heart you for posting about your students, Claire! You seem so passionate about them - regardless of how many headaches they give you.

And stop posting about delicious giveaways...I want to win them all!! :)

its simple love said...

That is amazing what you do with your students! What is your degree in? I am in the field of Social Work and mainly work with "at-risk" youth. It's a lot of work but can be so rewarding no?


Diana Mieczan said...

OMG...What an amazing thing you do! You are so inspirational for all of us out there :)
Great post and amazing blog!

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