It’s me! Ellenville Theater Club trip to Mohonk Lodge in New Paltz, NY. OUTDOOR THEATER!
I was tagged on Facebook and I was able to drag it into my iPhoto library. Tuvia can’t understand why I would want to hold on to this one, but it’s me, early in the teaching career, in the late 70’s, when I was new to teaching and not that much older than the kids I taught. It was a great time to begin. No high stakes tests and the freedom to collect a group of kids and ride a bus to New York City for a play or New Paltz for a hike. I was driven to get them out of our small town and into the culture of the world.
I was fine in a theater. I developed a great relationship with Circle in the Square theater. They offered kids cheap seats and a q and a at the end of Saturday matinees. But outside, in the mountains of Mohonk, I was not in my comfort zone and as we hiked a bit and arrived at the Lemon Squeeze, I realized that with my small band of hikers I had to take the lead and sweat the climb, with my fear of heights.
I wonder still, did the kids with me know I was totally afraid as I climbed through the squeeze, first, encouraging them to follow? I’m sure at the time, they needed me to keep them calm and supported no matter what. I think I offered that.
This photo probably came after we made it through-a personal victory.