all photos were taken yesterday
This morning at the park I caught up with Cat, a woman I haven't seen in a while.
We had first reconnected* at this very same spot soon after I moved to Providence. (*Reconnected because she was a student of mine when I taught at boarding school!?!)
Yes. One of those moments when you are looking at a grown woman with a thriving acupuncture practice, married with two almost teenage children who you knew when she was 17. Wild. She is ever the free and magical spirit -- brings such good energy to the world (one of the last times I crossed paths with her was the day after the massacre at Sandy Hook; she was headed there to volunteer her services for a week).
I remember her as a student, but I also remember a couple of letters she wrote to me from college. (With any luck, I still have them tucked away somewhere). When she was in high school, French wasn't her favorite subject. Let's be honest, when I was in high school, French wasn't my favorite subject. In fact, I quit French in 10th grade and didn't pick it up again until college.
Anyway, my point was-- I never felt that I had connected particularly well with Cat as a teacher. And yet, in her letters to me -- she made a point of telling me how I had affected her life and what she gained from me. As anyone who is a teacher knows (am looking at YOU, Megsie) those letters and cards when they flutter into the mailbox are like rocket fuel to the heart.
So much of teaching is moving about in the dark, the fog -- there is simply no way to know whether what you shared has brought any illumination or not.
Anyway. This morning. When I saw Cat drive up, we had just finished our stroll around the park. Daisy had already hopped into the back, and I was pulling down the hatch.
"Come walk with me," she called out. And so we did. The weird thing is, she is now 39. The age difference that seemed so vast when I was her high school teacher has melted away.
And? I learned today that during her acupuncture studies she got a master's in herbal healing!! <--!!
Exactly the direction of study I want to go for the second half of my life.* She even turned me on to a place right here in Providence where I can start weekly classes.
I tell ya'. Miracles every day people.
You just gotta believe.
ALSO-- CROILA!!!! I have seen your comment in the last post and YES! I will be so happy to ramble on my favorite subject and perhaps even grab a couple of old ones and pull passages out to share?
*possibly I haven't shared this with you? oops, my bad. yes -- that is where I am headed. back into the garden, people!! xo