THE CAROLINE CONSPIRACY LIVES!
A week ago I was in San Francisco at a conference of educators. I’d scheduled an extra day at the end for sightseeing. Two other teachers made it known that they had done the same thing, and since one of them had a rental car I suggested that we might drive across the Golden Gate Bridge and go the few miles north to Muir Woods, the famous stand of giant redwoods. Neither of them had ever been there, so that was my gift to them. But then once in the woods we kept saying to each other “Oh, look at that over there! Isn’t that pretty?” and “Look how the fog is settling in those branches!” We kept giving these little gifts to one another. A couple of times I actually said “Thank you!” because I would have missed something lovely if that person hadn’t pointed it out to me. This, it seems to me, was a real example of the Caroline Conspiracy. It made the experience of the woods that much better for all of us.
On Monday July 26 I’ll begin teaching a first-term elective course entitled “The Wisdom of Saint Benedict.” It occurs to me that as a teacher I’ll have countless opportunities to lift up the corner of the tapestry for my students. It may be an encouraging comment such as “You’re so much better than you’re showing me so far! Why not get an A!” or “Wow, what a beautiful ideal this is that Benedict is describing here! How cool is that!” I pray that I’ll be able to give my kids a lot of peeks at their own hidden beauty and goodness over the next five weeks.
Caroline, help me out!