Its been a while – a long while, but that happens when you suddenly up and leave the city that you grew up in and a job you were really getting into to pursue another job that would definitely further your career and hopefully grant you boundless opportunities (maybe).
I’ve been sitting on updating this for awhile.
I haven’t written about my move, though its something that sits with me every day. I haven’t written about D-Day, November 8. I haven’t written about how gut wrenching and heartbreaking it was to leave my teens in Broward County and leave my unfinished but soft-opened project, The Studio.
Alas, I’m fond of chronological storytelling (so vanilla), so I’ll start there, at the latter, catching wind of a job, coming to terms with where my personal life was, and realizing I had to go, had to leave my kids, had to pursue a dream and face reality.
I’m being angsty, its hard to say goodbye to kids first and to tell them people moving on is a part of life and that The Studio is their space no matter what, that they made it what it was.
Much more than a sentiment.
And then I did something for the virtual read out back in June in ALA. and sometimes, when you reflect on the freedom to read, you remember the very importance and necessity of it.
When your teen says “Ms. Ricci! Be a dog!!” And you know he’s referring to that snapchat filter.
But as attendance builds, and a soft opened teen space slowly starts taking shape, what can you do? 🙂
Say what?! 3 years ago?
Just goes to show that blogging is not a strong point of mine! But thanks for remembering our anniversary, WordPress!
I’m nearing the end of the 3rd month of the opening of The Studio! … and its been quite a journey thus far. Short story: teens have been receptive and keep snapping about it, bringing in their friends, and some continue to come back, day in and day out, despite not living near or it being out of their way. The space is still in its “soft opening” stages, but getting it the grand opening stage is an ongoing collaborative effort across departments and sections and all that jazz..
More pics and stats to come soon!
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Soft opening today.
No fanfare, just … open. A room, and then room for ironing out the kinks, room for it to be slighly incomplete, but full enough to get the ball rolling.
So how is a teen space made?
Step, by step, by step, by step.
Best practices can tell you what you should start with, the attitude that you should go into this endeavor with, but you won’t know what you need and what you’re missing until you just do.
Side note that I have to relive over and over: 1 days before soft opening: the big screen UHD TV arrives, with the Apple TV box set to arrive Friday…. and I realize, I forgot to order the mount. Woops.
How my day went:
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