ELA in Middle School – Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime
So, I generally prefer The Beach Boys version, but with
Covid on a comeback, all the versions of the song work. Now that the States
that rushed to reopen are slamming the gates shut again, we are even more
uncertain of what the next school year will look like…but that’s enough about
As you know, Suzanne’s family has suffered a lot of loss
this spring, with both of her parents passing in April and May. And as we are
still in Tennessee, I decided she needed a bit of a get-away this last week.
So, we went to Chattanooga, TN for a couple of days in the mid-week! Now, for
those who don’t know, Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in Tennessee, but,
as much as I love Nashville, I have to say that the Choo-Choo is the cleanest
and prettiest in the State! It was also the most deserted major city I have
ever seen. Oh, there were people around, some on bikes, some pedestrians, and
some driving, but by and far, the streets were empty. A good thing as far as
social distancing goes, but based on what we’ve been seeing in the Nashville
area, still surprising!
If you have the opportunity to visit Chattanooga, DO IT!
History buffs will love the historic aspects of the area, naturalists will love
the surrounding mountains and the river valley (the city parks mirror these
surroundings beautifully), and those who have an adventurous side that doesn’t
include claustrophobia will be in awe of Ruby Falls! Now, this trip we did none
of these things. We stayed at the historic Read House, first built in 1857 and
used by both the Union and Confederate General Staffs as headquarters during
the Battles for Chattanooga. After a recently completed $25+ million dollar
renovation, the opulence is stunning! And then dinner one night in The
Bridgeman…O…M…G. We may have found our gastric nirvana.