Um, guys? On Tuesday, when I was in class, I seriously almost started crying. No, the teacher wasn't mean, nor was I being beaten by sticks, nor did the class involve advanced regressions.
No, I felt like crying because the class was so AWESOME.
I know, I know I'm a nerd. But it was truly amazing, to be sitting in a class, to have the opportunity to take some time out and learn full-time.
My dad used to say that education is wasted on the young. At the time, I didn't know what he meant, but now I do. And though I'm not very old, I realize that taking a seven year break from education was the best thing I could have possibly done. Because now that I'm back in school, I appreciate it so much more than I ever did when I was younger.
The other day I had a meeting with my advisor, and I started babbling on and on and on as I am prone to do, and I suddenly landed on the topic of food: food security, farmers' markets, whether the rural sector can or should engage in non-agrarian work, or whether the global food economy will necessitate more people working in agriculture in the near future.
My advisor let me prattle on and on, and then told me that I wasn't going to find a class that dealt with food security, but maybe that's a good topic for my dissertation.
Um, really? Crap. I don't really KNOW anything about food security. I was just talking!
Except that's not true really. I don't know much about food security. But the truth is, I've learned a lot in the past year since I've started this blog. And for that I have to thank you. Each and every one of you. Because it weren't for you, if it weren't for teh internets, if it weren't for this blog, I would never have had the courage to do what I'm doing now. I would never have felt like I could hold my own in a new field. I would have felt ill-informed, and under-educated.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thanks to ALL of you.
Sunday is my one year blogiversary. And in honor of that, I've got some special stuff planned next week. So stay tuned, and once again, thank you. You guys are the awesomest.
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