I did it!
I lived through the teaching experience this morning.
College classroom, 30 expectant, intelligent individuals seated in rows, and me standing in the front of the room, talking, guiding, winging it.
I think I did ok, I really do. Floating around in my head was all of chapter one, a linguistic overview. But instead of a structured lecture, I let them talk in groups of two or three about the results of their linguistic autobiographies. When we came back together, I let the results of their discussions segue into each of the points I wanted to tell them about. It was smooth, and the time flew by.
Teaching is kind of exhilarating!
A Close Encounter with Benevolent Mother Nature
We saw steam rising up from the composting grass clippings and touched its amazing warmth. We encountered earthworms, grubs, centipedes and slug eggs! We caught a bright green tree frog. We heard tree frogs and the distant sea. We brought home fresh collards to have with dinner.
I hope he learns to love this place, because I certainly do.
Finally, I want to recommend to you, if you haven't already tried it, Papa Murphy's Mediterranean De-lite Pizza. It has a super-thin crust like a cracker, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese and way too much garlic (yum!). Seriously delicious for nights when you're too tired to make dinner.
P.S. Sorry to make you think of slug eggs and pizza in the space of a minute. Are you ok?