|Skidmore College Entrance|
I was asked technical and process questions: How did I get started?; What's my inspiration?; Do I have a bake shop?(no); What do I see my blog becoming in the future? (cook book/s). Do I track data? (yes, somewhat obsessively); Do I consider myself more a writer who likes to bake or a baker who likes to write? (I am a baker who likes to write with the goal of one day being the writer who happens to bake!)
I had the same question for the students in each class: Do you have regular family dinners? Many do not. Most responded that their families used to, but then schedules, life, etc. seemed to put an end to that. One student noted that her family didn't start having dinner together until she went to college, and now when she goes home, they do sit down together to eat, but that will probably fall to the wayside over the summer. Others talked about how, in their families, they eat individually and that's the way it's always been. Of those who do have family dinners, it seems the ritual is sacred. Some families have breakfast and dinner together every day. One lovely student, Kyle, talked about actually placing a laptop at her sister's seat one time when she couldn't be there for dinner, and Skype-ing her sister in to the meal! It was interesting to watch and hear students react to the descriptions of others' routines. Some may be inspired to start their own version of the family dinner here at college, and perhaps revive them at home. That'd be terrific!
I'm so grateful for the opportunity to sit with these students, and with Anne, to discuss food and family. They were so enthusiastically engaged in the conversation. It makes me wonder if I should have been a teacher!
Thank you, Anne, once again!