Day 8. Me to Table 4:

“I love you guys, and I need you to be quieter so we can focus on the work.”

Table 4:

S1: “I don’t know about that. We don’t know each other very well.”

S2: “But I like you.”

S3 (after some thought): “I appreciate you.”

While it’s nice to be liked and appreciated, what made this so happy for me was watching them run up against boundaries of intimacy, affection, and friendship and negotiate them so gracefully.

I think this job is going to be everything I wanted, only more so.