Nervous. Excited. Out of place. These were just a few feelings I was having as I drove up Breezy Hill to my First Mirror Making Class at Stellafane. I run a 40 room inn (and most days I'm not sure how to do that). What did I know about making a mirror? Why did I say yes when asked if I wanted to sign up? Up the winding dirt road I drove. Downshifting gears in my little car and hoping I wouldn't meet a big truck on the narrow road. I knew I was close but my nerves were getting the best of me and I drove past the entrance. I knew it was the entrance because I had driven up there the night before so I wouldn't get lost...yes, I'll admit I'm that type of person.
The truth is, I knew why I was there. I had met many members of the Springfield Telescope Makers and they all had one thing in common: a strong passion for telescope making and an even stronger passion to teach others everything they know. I had recently finished coordinating their yearly conference for the second time and I had learned so much in casual conversation I couldn't imagine what I could learn at an actual class taught at Stellafane. I had run into one of the club members the night before and she promised it would not be easy but the feeling of pride when the project is completed was something I could not understand at this point in time. It was like an angel was sent because I needed this. I needed to throw myself out of my crazy work schedule, comfort zone, and safe place. I was feeling mentally and emotionally stuck but the details of that are for another blog or best just buried deep.
Ok, where was I? O right, pulling a u-turn. I arrived at the class and introduced myself to the first person I saw. Attempting my most confident tone of voice I told him I was there for the Mirror Making Class. He looked me very seriously and said, "this is not the Mirror Making Class". He let me hang there, giving me just enough time to decide I was going to t get back in my car and forget this ever happened. A smile erupted across his face and with excitement he stated: "you are in the Telescope Making Class! We no longer do just the Mirror Making Class." Wait, what?
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