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I was lucky when I first came to the UK in that I already knew a whole bunch of folks from the Tolkien crowd and TORC.  In fact, I think it is safe to say that I wouldn't have even considered looking for a job in the UK or responding to the ad in the paper if I hadn't already known some people and seen some places and been a bit acclimated, as it were.

So blame Tolkien for it all!

My students were from all over the world. I taught middle school level - ages 10 - 14. A most interesting age! Esme the oboe player, who passed her level 7s before she was 12 and is now taking up the cor d'anglais. I expect to she her name in the roster of a symphony orchestra someday, if not as first female president of the US. William and Harry, who annoyed me to death and were dreadfully naughty but also so funny (and so musical) that I had to cover my mouth when disciplining them. Liron, who never let a minute go by without asking a question and could play the flute while still talking. Meredith, tiny little ball of energy who insisted at age 9 that she wanted to play the tuba (we never could find one small enough for her - she ended up with a euphonium.) Riki and Minh, serious minded Asian boys who took about a year to understand when I was joking and then would laugh, very politely before turning back to the serious business of making music, Angelica, who showed up for 5th grade orchestra and grandly announced that she played "first chair" (there were only about 10 kids in the orchestra total at that point!) Shy Jenny who never said boo, loud Jens, who never shut up or stopped drumming, precocious twins Bernice and Alex whose mother was a brain surgeon and bought them their own bass clarinet and soprano saxophone...and they were damn good, too. And so many others.

My colleagues - again from all over the world. My counterpart Pamela who taught vocal music and the younger kids. We were like oil and water in temperament and style, but somehow, it worked. Bill, who taught over in the lower school and could have sung professionally and lamented my leaving because now who will laugh at his sick sense of humor! The youngish women in their 20s and early 30s, taking advantage of an opportunity to live and work overseas,,,and party hard on the weekends. The staid English-born teachers who had been there forever. The typical personalities you find in every school - the one who calls in sick all the time, the one with mother issues, the one who cries at everything...and the usual hard-working, dedicated and talented crew that make a school run.

And my social friends...some fun acquaintances, some more casually good friends and a couple of "true friends for life" which, for me, is a rare and precious thing. Met through more moots, through filk, through hiking groups, through writing groups and various cons, through friends of friends and by chance. Thanks to the wonders of the internet (and Facebook!) I hope to keep in touch with lots of people!

I had some dating experiences...enough to finally get to the point where I could start to see dating as a fun activity instead of wishing I was home watching "Star Trek" or stabbing myself in the eye with a fork. I didn't have any romance (alas) although I did meet a couple of very nice men who became friends...maybe it would have been more if I hadn't been leaving. Maybe romance is simply not in the cards for me...but no matter. I am content with what I have.

So, thank you, Professor Tolkien! Thank you Peter Jackson! Thank you, Diane, who hired me! Thank you TORC friends, who welcomed me! Thank you, colleagues and filkers and writers and singers and hikers for befriending me! Thank you, London, for being there and giving me a fantastic experience!

And now...on to the next chapter of my life.

Thank you, God, for my life.

Date: 2010-06-26 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am just so totally thrilled at what a grand and wonderful adventure it has all been, and at all the amazing people you got to meet along the way. May the next chapter be just as grand!

Date: 2010-06-27 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tolkien has a lot to answer for...there are so many things I wouldn't have done, and friends I wouldn't have made, without LOTR. *raises glass for a toast*

Date: 2010-06-29 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's hard to believe you're not on this side of the pond anymore.

I'm very glad you enjoyed your time here (that is, Europe) so thoroughly and I hope you settle back into life back home in the US smoothly and happily. :)

Date: 2010-07-16 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And by way of co-incidence, I met two of your students today. It truly is a very small world!

Date: 2010-07-18 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've PM the details to you. Let me know if you haven't received it.


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