Lovely to hear about your exciting "new" challenge Angie
I read part of an interesting article about Bob Dylan. That was wrong, I say part although I really enjoyed all of it. Speaking about the sixties and being laid back and even getting honest with each other, more importantly getting on with each other, always the possibility that people might accuse me of being a "Hippy". Indeed I was. Not into drugs or anything like that I just genuinely the friendliness and of course that great word you used Angie - TRAINING.
I was indeed a fortunate man. I started teaching in 1969. It really was a tremendous profession then and what made a significant difference, teachers were respected. Whilst teachers are adults and do work with students and children still, over a period of time, society has managed to remove the idea respect from day to day usage. It fitted me like a glove as a Hippy, even better as a teacher.
I used to fully respect all my students, children, young adults, whoever. We worked in harmony. Sadly all we seem to have to see demonstrated is to walk the length of a street or [allegedly] pedestrianised area to see so much disharmony around us. Skateboarders thundering along, all that noise. Cyclists pushing and pedaling only just missing the darting about children and pushchairs. School Holidays all the worst as noisy groups of "school aged" children seemingly moving around en masse in a way more suited to a school playground. At least few of them are moving sufficiently slowly with their Smart Phones to be bumping into cyclists push chairs.
Oh what a difference between the Street Scene above in Today's Life Cycle and compared to being sat in a park laid back listening to music. Attending Lectures, finding out about oneself, understanding, befriending, teaching, learning, caring.
So here we go back to the days of bob Dylan when all e wanted to do was pick up his guitar, much easier then because it was acoustic, and just go out and about singing songs, often with interesting stories helping others just to enjoy.
When you pack your bags make sure you have your MP3 player with you and 50 years on from Woodstock as it is this year just have a bundle of fun and enjoy life. And yes we will still hear from you I am sure.
Much Love & Peace