Everything began as usual with this residency. I caught the right flights, didn’t get charged excess for my heavy bags, and the kids and I got down to the business of making art. Tonight, however, an enormous storm is moving in on western Alaska. Wind, snow, and storm surge is predicted along the coast. School let out early today so kids could help their families get ready and classes are cancelled for tomorrow. All day I watched people from the village moving things up the hill from the low-lying areas – boats, boxes, snowmachines, 4 wheelers – and pretty much everyone (except for those of us staying in the school) are in houses on higher ground. It’s no change for me as I’ve been living in the library, but now all the teachers (and all the teachers’ dogs – I think seven in all) are also staying in the school.
I have no idea what to expect. That locals are taking the warnings seriously means something. . .
No photos as I can’t get my camera to talk to the school computers, but I’ll have some when I get home. Favorite sighting so far: in prep for the storm, one of the electric poles is braced up by a strap with a winch to a John Deer tractor parked out on the road. Most puzzling question so far: (from a third grader) “Are you an Eskimo or a Christian?”
Huh. I had the answer, but I found my options curious.
We’ll see what tomorrow brings!