To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday's Chess Club with the younger kids was a good one. I had two adults and four high school boys there to help, so I could wander from game to game giving advice and solving disputes. The high school kids had not played in a long time, so the elementary kids won a few games, which made them proud. Most of the group this year has learned about controlling the center, making a good opening move, how to evaluate trades, and the basic king-rook, king-queen endings. Quite a tidy bit of chess knowledge for a K-3 group.
The garden is still gowing in two flats on the shelf under the lights, but the snow is melting. I bought pea seeds yesterday at the feed store. When it melts enough to dig I will dig up the parsnips that I grew last year. Leaving them in the ground until spring makes them sweet. A parsnip in the fall is just snother root vegetable, but a parsnip in the spring is fresh food.
The dog thinks it is spring. She lays out on the deck on the south side of the house soaking up the sun. Sometimes the husband is there, too.