For starters, I urge you to hold on to your fillings and I’ll hang on to my day job.
Today’s window-pane stars are intended to draw a ray or two of morning light to the promise of the new year: Coker’s and Hartsville’s.
Last night (and, it’ll happen again, tonight), some sixty of Hartville’s talented young people put on a show in Watson Theater in front of an audience of about 400.
Judging from the applause, the production of Disney’s “Little Mermaid (Jr.),” the culminating work of a two-week summer theater camp, lived up to the highest expectations of parents and grandparents who are accustomed to setting high standards for themselves and their loved ones.
Sadly, my star-shaped sun-catchers did not.
It turns out that creating a culinary window on the future is kind of hard. I’m thankful, however, that here at Coker, the work of building promising futures by nurturing promising hearts and minds, is not a wait-and-see enterprise.
Every day, we are blessed with the present. Students, who obviously have so much promise, give each of us daily opportunities to engage. We ask questions, notice progress, and encourage each brave step forward.
I don’t know what the new academic year will bring — what scholarship will shine brightest, what courageous explorations will take my breath — but I eagerly await the show.
As for these sunny little stars on my plates? The cookie parts are pretty good. The melted Lifesavers in the middles taste exactly as you’d expect. The challenge is to keep your teeth intact while navigating the transition. You’re on your own, here, friends.
Come and get ’em!