The main storyline of movie, if you have not seen it, is that at midnight this miraculous thing happens where the main character is able to travel back in time - to the 1920s - and get to spend moments with his writing idols and artists. The thought of being able to have a conversation with Hemingway or Fitzgerald, hear a song performed by Cole Porter, or see a painting created by Picasso is something that I think appeals to a lot of creative types. It would be amazing to walk into a cafe and run into Dali and or Man Ray and have a surrealist discussion about space and time.
I think the thought "if only I was born in (write time here) or could live in (write place here)" crosses the minds of a lot of people. I have those moments when I study art history and think about how exciting it would have been to be in certain places at certain times and really experience what it was like to be on the forefront of something special.
The thing is, though, if you spend all of your time wishing for that, you miss out on what you have going on right in front of you. As I interact with other teachers on places like twitter, I feel like I am a part of something special. I feel lucky and excited to be in a part of this time period, working with exciting media and getting to meet interesting people who inspire me and what I do in my classroom (even though the "meetings" are usually in under 140 characters and not face to face).
I am excited for my trip this week - I know the experience gained with help me teach my content (as well as gear up for the 2013 trip I am planning - there is still time to sign up if you want to come). I am also really excited to share this experience with my twitter PLN (like Jean King who recently returned from Spain and shared her ventures on twitter, making me feel like I was right there with her).
What is your "Midnight in Paris" moment? What inspires you? Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas below.