This class has been inspirational to me in so many ways. Who knew that the pine nut from the pinon tree is the perfect food? It has all the essential minerals a person needs, as much protein as a steak and all the essential amino acids. Or that flowers have designs drawing insects and birds that can’t be seen by the human eye? Pollinators can see the designs but humans can see them only with an ultraviolet light.

I am leaving with 14 new friends who have inspired me with their kindness, intelligence, resilience, senses of humor and fun. We already are planning a reunion and a Shutterfly book with our photos and memories.

I’m also sporting a suntan without getting hot, have loved a week away from the Dallas inferno, and have a new appreciation for the flowers in my garden.

Last night I dreamed I was in college and my parents had arrived to drive me home at the end of the semester. I wasn’t packed, I couldn’t find my things, and I was sad to say goodbye to my friends. I wasn’t ready to leave.

Hmmmm … I wonder what that means?