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We met because we wanted to: who wouldn’t want to meet with like minded friends, far flung but always connected through our web of blogs, Twitter, books, and Facebook. Six educators, and one education luminary – that would be Vicki Vinton, of course – gathered around a table, breaking bread and toasting our gathering with cool wine, and sparkling laughter.
We talked about what we wanted to: there was no agenda to run through, just a meandering pathway of interesting ideas, thoughtful commentary, perceptive speculation, and wishful dreaming. We celebrated Vicki’s book-in-progress and her adventures in Provence, we welcomed Fran, Allison, Julieanne, and Sandy – our travelers from half-way and all-the-way across the country, we plotted over a farmhouse writing retreat for us all.
We stayed as long as we could: almost (by ten minutes) four hours. It takes time to develop threads of conversation, follow thoughtful ideas, pose meaningful questions, allow for notions to germinate and then work together to allow them to flower.
We truly appreciated this chance to be together: I think each of us felt lucky to be able to sit around the same table and spend time in each other’s company. For some of us, occasions like this, however few and far between, have to sustain us through a long year of teaching. Knowing this, we draw closer, listen more intently, remember more vividly. We were grateful.
It was a lovely gathering of friends…and, since I’m still in the school day frame of mind (summer vacation is just a day old, after all), the perfect “faculty meeting” :).