The other day in ESL Conversation Hour, we somehow ended up talking about snow. Those people who live in areas of the world where snow is less prevalent often seem to be enamored of it. I get it.
The ESL group is composed of people mainly in the area of Cook County that serves Oakton Community College. Pre-Pandemic, I used to meet with groups two days a week: Mondays and Wednesdays. I must say that I often had groups that would not fit around one round table. There were some pretty busy days. However, since the Pandemic and Zoom, we have pretty much doubled our numbers and we now do not only Monday and Wednesday, but also all the other weekdays in the week. I had sixteen attendees the other day.
It is the type of situation where, when I have to announce that we are not meeting, that they are actually sad. Pre-Zoom, the ESL and French Conversation Hours were always begun in, I think, the 3rd week of a semester and ended a bit short of the end of the semester. The way it worked this time was that I was allowed to do the ESL, one hour session, five days a week and the French one day per week. I did this pretty much straight from March through the end of December, when I took off two weeks. We have thus added sessions because of interest and the difficulties with meeting due to the Pandemic.
Anyhow, we got on the subject of snow and Adriana said, « Rich, I would like you to make a snow angel,» knowing that Chicago had had some snow.
So, we were out and about in Glencoe on a dog walking session with our son and his wife, I saw a patch of virgin snow, and asked Diana to take some photos. I posted them and well, it was an amazing, unexpected reaction. It sparked comments and compliments, and well, was just a pleasant situation, overall.
I even got a «Virtual Life Saver » from the President of Oakton Community College.
Some day, it just pays to get up!