You children are too young to remember, but many of us who grew up with the Jackson 5 loved the song "Goin' Back to Indiana." I've been thinking about that song this week while visiting schools in Indiana. My first stop was Franklin Elementary School in Vincennes. (Thanks to my over-the-top generous friends Joanne and Ed who made this trip possible.) Franklin Elementary looks like the kind of school I grew up attending: a handsome old brick building with wide hallways and old-timey doors and fixtures. If I were a movie director, I would use it as a film set. I spent the morning writing stories with the fifth graders, who--let me tell you--spun pure gold. I can't wait to see what kind of books they write over spring break! From Vincennes, I traveled to Lawrenceburg, a small town that has a LOT going for it: a hopping downtown and a supercool library, to name just two things. (Note: They're offering free ukulele lessons and free CPR classes at the library this summer!) I spent Thursday and Friday with the Lawrenceburg middle, elementary, and primary school readers and writers. Once again, they wowed me with their ideas, and I guarantee I will spend the weekend laughing about the 2nd grader who provided me the best OH NO! face of the week. Thank you, Indiana. I can't wait to come back and visit sometime! I am thankful--and thinkful (great word!)--for the friends I made this week.