Where We've Been Today
April 10, 2010
Where we have been people greet you with a hug and a meal.
Where I've been today the native tongue tells the name of a place where the water is placid and there is life all around.
Where I've been the sun shines over water and people work in harmony.
Where I've been I saw that the students play a big part in changing their environment.
Where I've been the hosts are welcoming and the gardens sprawling.
Where I've been I had no cell phone service; where I've been people are making a change.
Where I have been students are the teachers.
I went to a place where the mulch turns your hands black.
Where I've been wonderful greetings have never ended! As we pass by mountainsides, if you listen you can almost hear them cry.
Where I've been the lilies cover the water's surface and the mulch protects sacred ground.
Where I've been is to a place that not only encourages success but demands perfection.
Where I have been is a place where the lily pads dominate.
Where I've been is a place with dedicated students who are inspired to save their community and made a difference in the world.
Where I've been today, the money is low but the morals are high.
Where I've been I've seen an inspiring group of high school students who work collectively for a greater purpose and the protection and conservation of the Estonoa.
Where I've been today, I've met people that changed my life and gave me a sense of hope.
I've been to where the wetlands support not only the morale of just a school but an entire community.
I have been where the sound of a stream put me to sleep.
Where I've been I have seen a human passion meet God's wonder and beauty in every green mile.
I have been to where the lily-pad-covered pond has the beautiful sound of peeping frogs playing around it.
I have been where our students amaze me, and where inspiration resides.
I've been to a place where the students taught me to eat violets.
Today I've been into black mulch; lucious fruity cake; tiny green leaves; and tie-died, talented students who work wonders at their wetlands.
Where I am from is a city to the country where the people are friendly and it's OK to say hello.
Where I'm from the rednecks really don't live on a farm.
Where I'm from the lily pads burp.
I'm from a place where my best friends play; where I've been is the past yet I get to see the future.
Where I'm from you can hear the peepers peep and crickets chirp.
I'm from where nature sings.
Written by members of the Ferrum College Appalachian Cluster:
Tina L. Hanlon
Susan Virginia Mead
AND members of Team Estonoa at St. Paul High School:
Written at the Wetlands Estonoa Learning Center, St. Paul, Virginia, during the Ferrum College Appalachian Cluster field trip, 2010 (photos below by Tina L. Hanlon). Before visiting the beautiful, restored, award-winning wetlands in St. Paul, we saw the ravages of mountaintop removal at Black Mountain, near Pound, Virginia.