If you read **my previous post**, you’ll know that I met **Sarah Seastone** in 1995 when I was a participant in the Geometry Forum’s **Constructing Geometry on the Internet** summer institute.

I managed to write one webpage by the end of that week but that was just the beginning. My participation in the summer institute provided me with ftp access to the Math Forum server which in 1995 was amazing. I wrote **more and more webpages** which I connected together and named:

Sarah viewed each new page that I drafted, providing me with feedback. Remember how I described my lack of confidence at the summer institute? I had a similar feeling with each page that I was about to reveal to the “world” on the WWW. I was terrified. Sarah gave me the confidence to put my work out there. She valued what I was doing and I trusted her.

When I met Sarah in 1995 I quickly learned that we shared a love of the color **purple**. We developed a “code” that when I wasn’t quite brave enough to do something that I should just “put on my purple cloak” and do it! It was our way of giving me the power and the strength to have confidence in myself.

I don’t remember exactly what year it was when the Math Forum first ordered pens to give out at workshops and conferences but it was probably 2001 or 2002. Our pens were yellow/navy blue because those were Drexel University colors but the ink was purple! Tracey (Perzan) knew that would make me happy but what she probably didn’t know is that purple brings me strength. Purple reminds me of Sarah and how she believed in me.

[...] story “Why Purple?” is more easily told if I write this post first so consider this the first of two [...]

Love this. Thanks for sharing. I, too, was honored to be invited the join the Math Forum for their EnCOMPass summer institute in 2013. And I also felt under-qualified. So, thanks for being my mentor. I love my TMF purple pens.

I wonder if feeling “under-qualified” is more common than not particularly when we try things out of our normal routine or comfort zone. Each institute that I’ve been involved with at the Math Forum I know that I always reflected on my own experience and used what I had learned in order to interact with others. It’s so important to value each and every person.

Your Ignite, Laurel, tells that story so well in the context of working with your students.

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