I pointed out the Taborian as we drove past and made the turn to the city hall. Chris remarked that he thought he would be able to find his way to Mound Bayou alone now--only 2 turns required. Drive straight to Clarksdale, turn left, drive straight to Mound Bayou, turn left. It was almost like "going home" as I saw the people I have come to know over the past few months.
I heard the distinct difference in how people from there pronounce the name of the town--Mound Bye-yah. How could I have missed that all these times? Perhaps it was just because we were all gathered in a room, and people were saying Mound Bayou a lot! For obvious reasons, I won't talk about the particulars of the meeting regarding the project itself. The main purpose was to introduce ourselves to each other, identify what we brought to the project, and what we needed, and to lay out the plans for the future. It was exactly the kind of meeting I love--expertly facilitated by the project director. This is going to be such great fun over the next year!
Every time I think about my work being fun, it reminds me of the time Gigi and I were doing a workshop for NASW on community building. It was clear that the group was enjoying the workshop, and that we accomplished our intended purpose in terms of their learning. One participant wrote on our evaluations, however, "You two need to get serious and stop having so much fun." We laughed. Life is hard enough as it is, so let's make it an even bigger drag?
And on that note, it's time for me to go "have some fun" at my day job. I've lolly-gagged long enough this sunny morning and I need to get to the rip-roaring jolly good time of grading some more papers.