I first came to TC a number of years ago, for a reunion weekend with some co-workers. It was a phenomenal experience and really changed me. I have a better understanding of what literacy instruction can be.
I have since attended three Reading Institutes. I come to at least one, if not both, reunion weekends each year.
This year, when hemming and hawing if I should come again - mostly because of everything that is going on in with various family members, my husband asked, "Do you always get something out of your time there?"
"Yes!" I responded without hesitation.
"Can you afford the trip?"
"Yes, I can."
"Then why wouldn't you go?"
I had never thought of it quite that way. I love coming to TC. I learn so much. I meet people with like minds. I reconnect with friends I have made at various institutes and reunions. I become re-energized. I have no reason not to come, and many reasons to come.
Previously, when coming to TC, I was double excited because I was able to visit my son, Stephen. He attended NYU and then, after graduation, stayed in NY. I stayed with him, wherever he happened to be living, each time. Later, I stayed with him and his wife. That was an added bonus to each visit.
Stephen and Julia now live in Chicago. I wondered, at first, if my desire to come to TC would diminish because they were not here. But, happily, I have found that it has not. I am still excited to be here and learn tomorrow. I have already perused the offerings and made a noted a few of my favorite choices - - we all know some decisions are based on proximity.
There are many kinds of joy. Learning at Teachers College is one of the joys of my life that I am happy to be able to relive many times over.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers
for offering this opportunity to share a slice of my life.