"What if, we could," I said to Susie. "What when we are teachers we could make it so that kids aren't afraid to learn? What then? Wouldn't it be fun? I mean, I learn so much more, so much more deeply when I'm confident and happy."
We talked all through our hot ham and cheese sandwiches on Italian bread . . . right into Neil Diamonds, "Forever in Blue Jeans." It was college. We were dreaming of the future.
It's hard not to be swept away with possibilities when my life is all about learning. Ideas that bring people up are euphoric. They should be.
I still remember the conversation and the exact smile I was smiling.
My dear roommate so knew me. She listened in earnest. Ah Susie. She and I agreed. Of course, she didn't suffer from delusions. Unlike her, I never let reality get in the way the potential that I might envision.
When I'd take such an excursion, my friend would smile and ride along, until the moment she made a motion of pulling in a kite string, and said, "C'mon, down." Then she'd point to the ground, still smiling. "C'mon, you can do it. You know where your feet belong. We have to walk back to the dorm soon."
I've always been lucky to have friends who kept my feet on the ground . . .
because the view from in the atmosphere is so much nicer.
I still believe that we can get there.
--me strauss Letting me be