As I walked into Dawn’s house for the Community of Teachers Learning (COTL) meeting I was immediately drawn to all her tomatoes. I’ve read so many slices about her garden that I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I was. Tomatoes were everywhere… huge ones on her kitchen table, and the rest lined her window sills (many window sills…around her kitchen and living room). One sill held her favorite ones, “plum tomatoes,” Dawn proclaimed. “I’ve already made 5 batches with them and put them in the freezer for a November night,” she beamed. We discussed tomatoes for a little while longer before settling in to our meeting/writing.
When the invitation was to observe or sketch and write I was again drawn to the tomatoes on the window sill. Maybe I was drawn to it because of a cardinal , or another tomato discussion. But nonetheless I was drawn to this window where I observed, sketched and then WROTE (which is huge for me… a first of these COTL meetings) about this beautiful and delicious bounty of tomatoes.