Dawn Tolbert

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I met the neatest lady last night – #366 Days Day 4

Each person's life is lived as a series of conversations. - Deborah Tannen

I’m a little late posting today because I was out late last night. No, it wasn’t a Christmas party or a shopping trip. As part of my job, I had the privilege of attending our honors induction ceremony. While I was there, I sat next to the neatest lady and had a great conversation with her.

She’s the kind of person you want to emulate. She was well read and articulate. She introduced herself and offered a handshake, saying how nice it was to meet me as well. She was curious and attentive. She was a good conversationalist, skilled at both sharing and listening.

Oh, and did I mention she was in 6th grade?

My new friend and her younger brother were there to see their mom inducted into an honor society as she prepares to graduate on Thursday with her bachelor’s degree. They are looking forward to the ceremony, but already know what to expect since they saw their mom graduate with her associate’s degree not too long ago. She is already working on her master’s, I was told, so they will be attending their third graduation probably within another year or so.

My friend and I discussed school, books, homework, and why a faculty member was dressed like a minister (her perspective on his academic regalia). I shared information as best I could, enjoyed our time and went away thankful for the opportunity to have met this fascinating young lady.

Linguistic scholar Deborah Tannen describes life as a series of conversations. What about you? Have you had any good conversations lately? If so, why not share in the comments below? If not, try to take time today to talk with someone you might not ordinarily have a chance to interact with. If that person is anything like the 6th grader I met, you just might learn something. 🙂

I hope you have a great day.

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