Saturday, March 9, 2013
new experiences, new friend
The sun blasted into my eyes as I drove east in the OrganicValley rush hour traffic, one hay loaded pickup and three cars.
My teaching was really awkward. The kids were very quiet, and attentive, but there wasn't really feedback that I could detect, so I just kept talking about anything that came into my head. They worked diligently at their project. Two of the girls even took their looms home with them, with some yarns to finish weaving their skinny scarfs. I had a boy that worked hard and made a little shred of weave that looked like the paint on the side of an old boxcar. A look I liked very much, but he clearly didn't. He was not surly, though. Everyone said thank you, and they smiled a little. I remember how painful it is to be 16.
I'm not a teacher. I was having panic attacks before I left in the morning. Well, little waves of something in the back of my head that felt like it might be a stroke.
I was paid.
One thing I remember about the day was the woman who was assigning everyone to their workshops after lunch, standing right in front of me."Who wants to do jewelry? Who wants to paint? Who wants to make bark baskets, turn pots, blacksmith a horse shoe?" Finally she said, "Anyone for the Fiber Artist?" and there were only 2 people left standing there. Maybe they were waiting patiently just to to be my students.
Look who was waiting at my back door this morning. My new turkey friend.