It felt good :-)
Back to School
A couple of weeks ago I had lunch with a lady and told her about my interests and we discussed what I might like to be when I grew up. She suggested that I take a class in Pastoral Care to see if I might want to be a counselor. I called the school she recommended and they invited me to visit the first class so that I could see if it was something I would be interested in. So, I went last Thursday and enjoyed the class, but told them that I wouldn't be able to afford the tuition this year. The director called the next day and offered me a scholarship and a grant from an anonymous benefactor that would cover two-thirds of the cost.
So today I went back to school.
I love the libraries here. Besides being modern and having a cool way to return and check out books and besides having a huge selection of biographies and besides having helpful librarians who actually come up to you and ask if they can help you find something--they are full of grace. At our old library we would get a letter saying that our books were overdue and that we owed a fine. By the time we got the letter it was too late. We had to pay. At our new library they send a "friendly reminder" email telling you that your books are due in a few days AND they have a "grace day". If you are only one day late, they don't charge a fine. WOW! I want to be more like the Virginia library with "friendly reminders" and "grace days", and less like the library that waits for you to mess up and then punishes you.