Another smooth morning after a night of sleep. Today Tara was joining me for my rides up and back and for a day as my guest at the SI. Day 2 was our only shot at the perfect opportunity for her to experience the HVWP’s Summer Institute and maybe it was better that we are still fluid, not quite yet a bonded community of learning women. Tara felt comfortable and the group was welcoming. As I took the morning prompt, sharing our lives as Slicers with Two Writing Teachers on a Slice of Life Tuesday, Tara was the first one up with a posted Slice and it was perfect and easy to click right to her Slice and have her read it to the group. I knew Tara wouldn’t flinch. Perfect start and then a solid writing for 15 minutes now that I’ve traded in my bells for my guitar timer sounds of mystic river. I can write too, without distraction. I did.
I liked it when Christine suggested we all shared something… all the voices, sharing. I loved that!
And then we moved through the rituals- my pictures, Odell’s log, Christine’s TIW reflections and even with computer issues, now that everyone comes with a laptop and can easily access the web, we are free! Heather was smooth with her TIW and I thought about my own relationship to science, wondering a lot about how real scientists feel about the way science is taught in most high school classrooms. I thought about how Janine has been incorporating writing into her science. I remembered Alan Alda’s work on stage and in the real world. My mind was racing and I was engaged and relaxed. Two days and I’m still relaxed.
We took a break. Gathered the group downstairs for a full photo and then back up for TIW groups. Each new opening seems to be moving smoothly. I loved our conversations about the TIWs in my group.
It was a love day for me. Well, I didn’t love the kale lunch, or eating outside in the heat or that stale sweet potato muffin. But I loved the company and that’s more important. I have my lovely lunch back in the room.
Back in the room, Mary appeared to get us engaged in our writing museum. I remembered grabbing up books, a journal before I left for the SI on day one. I had a good bunch but for the first time I took the time to think through the time line I created and I was annoyed I didn’t have other things. Really I had enough, but that writing experience was more for me.
I loved setting up next to Tara who probably would have liked to have brought more but it was so good that I remembered to send her the assignment so she could participate fully in the day. I hope it’s not too late to join the NWP for her at Rutgers. Do they still exist?
I was tired as we finished our small group debrief. I wanted to watch Jennie’s digital story but I had a trip to make and then another beyond. Too much ahead of me and Tara was patiently waiting.
So I am home and almost finished with this reflection of Day 2. It’s good, really good. So glad I came back after a two-year break.
More coming my way tomorrow. Shorter ride home to Ellenville.