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Meeting Mrs. Dorothy Goodman
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Meeting Mrs. Dorothy Goodman

I went out yesterday afternoon getting some much needed Java at the Cleveland Park Firehook when I noticed these two women sitting together very focused, one on her iPad, the other, on a Kindle.  I was struck by the "older" versus "younger" generation both sharing new technology.  I asked to take their picture just because I didn't want to forget the two of them, and then we started talking.  

I told her about wanting to get my mother, age 84, a Kindle because the library near her house had closed and she was finding it more difficult to travel further for good books to read.  My mother, an avid reader of at least 4 books a week, wants nothing to do with technology.  What an inspiration this picture would be for her to see.

As we got talking, I found out that the elder in the picture is Mrs. Dorothy Goodman who was the founder of the Washington International School (circa 1966). She is 85 years old, and, like my mother, is sharp as a tack.  Her eye sight is not good for reading so she was plugged in with her ear buds listening and researching about Horace Mann, an American education reformer, and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and how he would have reacted to today's education reform.  I was intrigued by her energy and her sense of wanting to continue to absorb information. She questioned me as well, asking me how long I have lived in Cleveland Park, and once I told her, she said, "I've been living in Cleveland Park for 55 years."  I can say she had me beat!

Once I realized that I had been standing there for quite some time, I politely excused myself, thanked her for such wonderful history and turned and walked out of there smiling.   Mrs. Dorothy Goodman made my day.

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