The same day we went to Daystar and played chess, I heard about the whale that had beached and died only a few minutes from school and I HAD to take the kids.  I went directly to our wonderfully flexible director Sarah and said, “please take us?”  And of course she said, “yes!”  Within five minutes we were in her van, my car and another teacher’s car, headed to see something we may never get a chance to see again. 

It was a sobering sight.  We were able to talk to a naturalist, who was watching over the whale.  It was informational but so much more than that – it was so very much a paying of respects to such an amazing creature.  We just stood and watched and wondered and cared so much about what happened and why.  There was no way to express the enormity of this moment in time.  We were mostly speechless and sad.