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March 30, 2006|by SUSIE HOFFMAN

I could get used to this weather

So this is more like it! Such fabulous weather! Daffodils are proudly standing along fence rows and my lilacs are on the verge of bursting with greatness.

Lilacs are my absolute favorite flower of all.

They are beautiful and their fragrance is such a poignant remembrance of childhood.

I can remember walking with such caution as I would walk to school carrying a bundle of lilacs ... proudly waiting to present them to my teacher.

The tinfoil wrapped tightly around the base of the stems ... I must have resembled an Olympic torch carrier ... but wow, the smell the whole way to school. Soon, Mrs. Doubledee, you will be getting a bouquet.

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Reminders

Oh, some reminders: No school this Friday. Professional day, so students, sleep in, clean your room, help out around the house ... the day is yours!

Kindergarten registration

Wednesday, April 5, ... wow, I like writing "April" ... is registration for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Head into the school and see Mrs. Nancy and bring along your child's birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization record. And a most hearty welcome to the Funks-town school!

Picture Day

Thursday is Picture Day at school ... so be forewarned. The background choices are many and varied, so be sure to take your time and select wisely. If you did not already get the information in your child's backpack, you should be getting it shortly.

Food for the soul

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

"It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brillant, gorgeous, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?

"You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

"We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

- By Marianne Williamson, from "A Return to Love"

Susie's to do list

1.) Make grooming appointments for the dogs.

2.) Open the windows and air out the house.

3.) Pick out the paint for the front hall.

4.) Have my daughter's study group friends over for an ice cream get-together.

5.) Clean out the hampster cage and the fish tanks.

6.) Stand tall and shine ... not proud, but confident.

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