It’s done. We’ve pulled off another wonderful conference. We’d been so worried that the sinking economy would mean a much reduced attendance, and I think we did have fewer people than we might have liked, but more than we expected. We changed up the order of events this year from the pattern we’ve had the last couple of years, and I think it worked really well. We had more students at this year’s conference than ever before, and they were active and enthusiastic participants. We had fabulous presenters both days,. We had last night’s truly outstanding reading and books-signing, and …
… and I am so beat, I can hardly remember my own name!
Tomorrow’s the last bit: our first board meeting of the new year, lunch on the town with a friend and then off home. For now, it’s time to sleep!
My favorite moment? There were so many great moments this year, but I think my favorite was at the very end of the day today. We end the conference with everyone sitting in a giant circle and people say things they learned, felt, loved, will take away, whatever. Today, right at the end, one of the students sang a song she’d written about how it felt to be illiterate. The whole room got into it with her. It was beautiful and amazing.
On to the new year!