Grand Knowing You
It’s been grand knowing you
Grand knowing you
Grand being your friend.
You’ve been kind, loyal, and so generous
Right down to the end.
Please don’t grieve watching me leave
That would be much too painful to stand.
It’s been fun
Now I must run
But it’s been grand, perfectly grand!
After much careful thought and consideration, I have decided to make this past year on Heavy Medal my last one. When Nina decided to move on last year, I thought I would probably blog for two more years, and then do the same. However, I now feel that I have used this particular bully pulpit to say pretty much everything I could wish to say, and I find that while the books tend to change from year to year many of the overriding issues in the conversation remain the same. I think an infusion of new voices with new insights would do this blog some good, but I’ll leave it to Sharon and the good folks at SLJ to figure those things out. I’ll still drop by in the comments from time to time, depending on what’s being discussed, and perhaps I’ll be invited to do a guest post now and then, but I’ll be focusing on other things. I’d like to especially thank Nina, Sharon, School Library Journal, and the many participants over the years that have made this blog such a success. Thank you all!
Though I hate leaving you,
Hate leaving your warm intimate club.
It’s a small pleasure but I’ll treasure
Each warm intimate snub.
It’s been grand let me say
And let me say “Au revoir” not goodbye . . .
About Jonathan Hunt
Jonathan Hunt is the Coordinator of Library Media Services at the San Diego County Office of Education. He served on the 2006 Newbery committee, and has also judged the Caldecott Medal, the Printz Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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