Had our last class together, more stories, laughter and many tears! What an emotional day…I am really going to miss this group. I will be writing more about this amazing experience for weeks to come.
Thanks Meadow Lake!
On Thursday, we wrapped class up by noon, my vehicle was packed and I headed for home. It was a beautiful day and I was looking forward to having a ‘reflective’ journey home. I was excited to be going home but I was sad to leave Meadow Lake and all the friends I had made. I had to stop and take a photo of the WELCOME TO MEADOW LAKE sign because I truly did feel SO welcomed by the students and the community. I still have tears thinking of all that I had experienced but also all that I’ll miss…
I’ll miss the quiet of a small community,
the ‘shopping’ conversations (especially my new friend, Kim),
my kitchen table desk with corner windows,
the restaurant meals with Coronation Street playing in the background,
the A&W Karoake singer in the bright orange tent (who sang his heart out even if no one was listening),
breakfast meetings with Stephen,
the brainstorming sessions with students,
shopping at the neat little shops,
Ukrainian night with so many laughs,
the breakfast chats with hotel staff (where the coffee was always on),
the hotel group huddled in the darkness watching the storm,
the amazing presentations by the students,
the deer heads hanging above our heads at steak night,
the ‘steel-toed boot’ stories shared by complete strangers,
the 1-2-3 SURPRISE moments (we’ll never forget Ang),
the stunning sunsets out my second floor corner windows,
the bbq evening, the final celebration party, the pina coladas,
the fishbowl, cracker barrel session, rock talk,
hearing the stories shared by students,
counting the stop signs in town,
having maid service,
the steady buzz of excitement in the classroom as we tweeted, blogged, told digital stories, felt such pride…so connected,
enjoying patio chats at the beautiful golf course having wine or lunch with students,
and most of all…
I’ll miss being surrounded by such caring, positive, passionate people every day in my classroom.
All these experiences fed my soul and I feel so blessed.
As I got back in the car, I called Rick to let him know I was on the road and I had tears again. I couldn’t talk. I looked down at the beautiful gift the students gave me and the tears kept coming. I will hang these two inspirational messages in my office…
I told Rick this morning, “I’m glad to be home but it feels very strange to not be heading to class.” He said, “I was thinking about that. You’ll be in withdrawal for awhile, won’t you?” How true. My first day off and I’m sitting on my deck, having a coffee and blogging! I never would have guessed this would happen.
Canola Fields in Meadow Lake
As I headed down the highway, I didn’t even want to have the radio on. I just needed time to quiet my mind. In class I told the students that I had downloaded a voice recorder so I could talk to myself on the trip home. They burst out laughing and Blain, you were shaking your head…you’ll be glad to know I didn’t talk at all (and I know you find that hard to believe)! In fact, I hit Chamberlain before I turned on the music. I had 5 hours of complete silence and I loved it. In fact, I really needed it.
Winding Roads, Magnificent Views
I found myself just enjoying the beautiful scenery…the prairie sky, the bright canola fields, the deer in the ditch, the gorgeous lakes, the winding roads. (Uncle Dale, I was thinking of you as I was snapping these photos, knowing you would appreciate the beauty as your artistic gift has captured many beautiful Saskatchewan scenes. Maybe these will inspire future paintings). I just smiled in appreciation of the path I had just been on and looking down the winding roads, wondering what exciting roads were ahead of me. I do feel so lucky for all the experiences that have come my way.
Thank-you David & Michael for giving me this opportunity. YOU knew I’d love it!
Thanks Stephen for being so supportive, so much fun to work with and for always making sure the coffee was on!
Meadow Lake…I miss you.
Students & friends…you have touched my life in so many ways.
May our paths cross again soon.
Thank-you Meadow Lake!