Yesterday was a day of friendship. (I think all my days are, in one way or another, but yesterday the camaraderie seemed extra special.) One example was the friendship I felt in my classroom throughout the day. There was an ease and sociability that was pleasant to be a part of. Even though there is a fitting and proper distance between us, my students and I are usually able to come together in class with a friendly simplicity – and yesterday was no exception. We accomplished a lot, and we did it in a gracious way. Then, after school, I met a friend at Starbucks for some easygoing conversation. It was actually one of the best after-school hours I’ve had in some time. Instead of grading papers in the classroom – my usual way of spending the afternoon – I enjoyed good companionship and an excellent latte. After dinner, I was treated to another friendly few hours at a poetry reading in Mystic. I met some friends there, and we, in turn, renewed friendships with many old acquaintances. The poetry was splendid, but the atmosphere of cordiality was far better.
It was a day that was truly “from the heart”.