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Tuesday Jun 14, 2005

Tale of the Art Teacher

I’m in Starbucks. It’s busy.

I’m getting settled to work on one of my color pencil pieces when a gray-haired lady comes over to my table. Do you mind if I sit down here, she says.

I wave my hand toward an empty chair.

I can look at what you’re working on, she adds. I’m an art teacher. She puts her coffee, cake, and newspaper on the table, but has not yet sat down.

I show her the piece in progress.

Oh, she says, that’s colorful and nice, but I’ve seen that before.

Okay, I say to myself: the die is cast. A pristine opportunity has presented itself.