It’s Time to Say Good-Bye

Liberty Hall Museum, Kean University (July 2, 2020)

To My Fellow Writers:

The writing retreat flew by. I looked up, and it was July 1, 2020, already! Initially, I was reluctant to take a virtual writing retreat. I was tired of remote learning as a teacher and as a student. I was looking forward to getting lost in the Liberty Hall Museum, quietly writing in the rose garden, lying barefoot on a blanket, sipping a refreshing beverage, enjoying the tranquility of a summer day. At the very last minute, I decided to sign up for the course to get a jumpstart on my thesis, especially since I will have to return to the uncertainty of school in the fall.

I had modest academic goals for the retreat: get feedback on my research proposal and revise it. However, I have gotten so much more out of this retreat! You, my fellow writers, made this experience truly transformative. I have learned so much from all of you and have grown as a writer and as a person. By sharing your experiences, I was able to reflect on my own experiences as a mother, teacher, writer, and student. I share your self-doubts, struggles, and dreams. You gave me great ideas to bring back to my classroom:

Kate: I am going to create a Safe Place in my class;

Cheryl: I like your Table of Contents, and plan to use it in my thesis; 

Fatima and Kefah: I learned more about your culture; 

Jada and Kathryn: I love your youthful spirit; 

MaryKate: Enjoy motherhood; 

Jason: You are such a fun presence in the class;

Diana: Happy Anniversary;

Tethee: It is finally summer;

Kesley: Good Luck in September;

Jen: Any school district is lucky to have you.

Megan, Nives, and Medea: The Three Mouseketeers. I will see you in September.

(Google Image, July 2, 2020)

Enjoy your summer! Take care.

P.S. For inspiration: I highly recommend Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont. She is a published writer, but still experiences self doubt.

(Google Image, July 2, 2020)

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