I spent the earlier part of this week down in Storm Lake, Iowa at the King's Pointe Waterpark Resort participating in a conference held by the local Area Education Association for educators from area schools - including my K-12 alma mater. I can now safely state that after being gone for nearly 40 years, no one is left that knew you when and that you can safely pass yourself off as an expert.
One of the nicest things about this conference was that on the last day, the teams from the various schools got two whole hours to reflect, plan and journal. How often does that happen at a conference?
On a personal note, it was a great chance to reconnect with family. Since my mom, aunt and brother all still live in the area and my own kids and grandkids were free to spend a couple days at the resort, it became a mini-family reunion. We, like I suspect many families, love each other dearly - in small doses.
Paul charms his great aunt and great grandmother with a Calvin face.
Grandson Miles reminded me of the simple things a 2-year-old regards as wonderful. When asked what his favorite part of the Kung Fu Panda movie we all watched one evening, he honestly replied, "The preview for Wall-E." (I doubt that was the response the studio was looking for.) My putting a quarter in the vending machine for a handful of jelly beans was remarked upon several times - "Mom, Grandpa buys me jelly beans." Would we all retain the delight in being gifted a jelly bean.
The waterpark itself was great fun. The slide pictured below reminded me of a lesson I learned at my first visit to such a place.