Recently I was with my two oldest children, Bobby (7) and Eva (3) at an art gallery in Saskatoon. This is one of our favorite spots because there is a room for the kids to create and display their own art. While on our last visit I was excited to see this painting of Danceland by David Thauberger. I grew up in Watrous, Saskatchewan and this dance hall was located at Manitou Beach, a short car ride, or a little longer bike ride from town. It was neat to see this picture, not because of the wonderful ability of the artist, but because of the memories that it evoked. I loved going to dances at Danceland for many reasons, the music, the atmosphere, the girls, everything seemed just right. But it wasn't just the building that created the memories, rather it was the people I was surrounded by.
When I think of how this building makes me feel I start to think of other places that also "take me back". The house I grew up in, the town skating rink, the ball diamonds, the old theater, my elementary and high schools, the Witch-path (only residents of Watrous over a certain age will get that reference), all of these places bring up feelings. Fast forward to today and think about our children who are currently laying down their "old memories" right before our eyes. What part will you play in those memories. How will your students remember you in 30, 40, or 50 years?
What are your "take me back" places?