We just returned from another fabulous escape to Heaven on Earth--aka Negril, Jamaica. The cold snap that hit Florida had an effect on Jamaica, too. But a little wind and slightly cooler temperatures doesn't diminish paradise.
The openness and smiles of the kids made it obvious that the teachers and principle created a safe and caring environment. We left a piece of our hearts at Happy Hearts. After Christmas, we plan to back up a box with crayons, coloring books and teaching aids to ship down to the principal.
Another new friend was Benny, the Egret. Yes, a real one with white feathers and yellow legs but the name was given to him by us over breakfast one morning.
Benny sat on the railing as we ate breakfast, eyeballing out plates. We offered pieces of bread. Benny was not interested. We laid a small pieces of bacon by his feet. He looked at it and looked away.
I turned away from him for just a moment and before I could look back, he was on the tabletop, stealing scrambled eggs with salsa from my plate. I yipped and jumped, making Benny retreated with a mouthful. When I recovered, he returned and when I didn't shout out, stayed there and ate more.