Sunday, January 30, 2011

Moments of Wonder...

I stood in the kitchen, looking out the back window. I couldn't watch the cab pull away... not completely. My eyes were hot and tears stung. I promised Meryl I wouldn't cry.

I broke my promise Meryl.

Session 1 of our workshop is over. Most of the students have already left or will be leaving within the next few days. I wasn't warned that I would be absolutely crushed when everyone left. Is that weird? I only knew them for four days, but what amazing four days those were! For four days I tried to make their hopes and dreams my own. For four days, we tried to make Tucson a magical and wonderful experience that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. I tried my best to do everything in my power to make this a wonderful experience. I feel really honored to have been allowed this opportunity to facilitate this workshop, sharing some of our favorite things and capturing the moment.

We did a lot this session, finding treasures and experiences like glittering jewels strung across a dusty parking lot. They were there – you just had to look for them. I encourage you to visit the blogs of everyone involved to delve into the experiences. If you haven't seen the blogs of Kathi, Ellen, Beth, Laurie-Anne, Charlene, Doriot and Meryl! Everyone saw the trip so differently!

I would write more. I would write about our adventures today and the things we did, but it's making me tear up again when I think about all the moments of wonder we shared.

6 comments:

Courtney said...

It all sounds wonderful!!!!!

kate mckinnon said...

You're right, Andrew, I didn't warn you how sad it is when they leave.

I miss them already.

TesoriTrovati said...

You are a kind and compassionate soul, Andrew. The fact that you have worked so hard to make their dreams yours speaks volumes to your character. I am sure that this was the most delightful time. I will confess that I am jealous of their time with you and Kate! It sounds like it would be a fulfilling experience.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Anna Lear said...

You surely made it an amazing, transformative experience for everyone, and offered a view of Tucson that few ever get. I so wanted to join one of your workshops but just couldn't make it work this year... do you think you'll have the heart to do another set next year? ;-)

Doriot said...

Andrew--I can't begin to thank you enough for sharing space and your energy with me at Kate's. I know how hard you worked for everyone, and we ALL learned some lessons we will never forget. I loved trolling the African Market with you and am now seeing the look on your face when the amber dealer offered one of his strands to you for a hundred bucks. Tee hee! Can't wait for our Word-a-Week assignment. My love to you, new friend.

meryl said...

It was a lifetime of adventures, new ideas (and mind explosions!), new and deepening friendships, food, fantasy and conversations. What we learned, will continue to grow, you have nurtured us well, and we are grateful. I look forward to the encore! How I miss you . .