I am lucky to be able to walk to work. I do. Everyday.
I walk along a river and through a park. It is beautiful.
Today, when I reached the campus I made a short detour and stopped by the beautiful roses blooming in the gardens of our Teaching and Learning Center. How wonderful is that! A teaching and Learning Center with a garden! It is beautiful.
I recorded the moment. I shared it.
— Todd Conaway (@Todd_Conaway) June 12, 2017
What a glorious beginning to the first day of summer here on campus.
Even in all that beauty, I left the garden with an ache that I have had most every time I visit the garden. It is this: The sign for the Teaching and Learning Center is a piece of vinyl strung up mostly strait across the front of a lovely old farm house.
It does not seem like an integral or permanent part of the building. It is an after thought. It reminds me of the level of support I have seen at most teaching and learning centers. It reminds me of lip-service to trends in education. Of an award given reluctantly. That is not beautiful. It does not seem as if it is there permanently. It is a temporary sign.
There is a story in there. Enough said.
I wonder how long that vinyl banner will last.