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Melissa AdamsCohort 2- Inquiry 2The Philo Tavern is nestled in the heart of the small farming town of Philo, Illinois. Thetavern is the only restaurant in Philo and is a local hot spot. When I was interviewing peoplearound Philo for my community inquiry, the bartender at the Tavern informed me that the Tavernserves coffee every morning and is the breeding ground for all local farmers before they hit thefield. For my border crossing, I chose to show up for the morning routine at the Tavern. Eachmorning around 5:30 the man who lives behind the Tavern unlocks the doors and starts thecoffee. From then until around 8 people are filing in to get a cup of coffee and socialize. No oneworks the bar at the time and everyone is just welcome to come in get some coffee and isencouraged to put a tip on the bar. When I got there one morning I walked in and sat at a table bymyself, started taking in the scene and writing notes. As I sat there people would walk by and saygood morning like it wasn¶t unusual to see me sitting there. After about 10 minutes an older gentleman, Al, came up and started talking to me. He introduced himself and told me a littleabout his life before he asked about me. I told him about my projects and he was willing to giveme any information or answer any questions I had. We got a cup of coffee and he began tellingme about the people in the Tavern, farming, the town, and introduced me to people who stoppedto say hi. Going into the Tavern that morning, I felt very nervous and scared. I was worried Iwas going to be stared at and whispered about because I was an outsider. I thought I was goingto be sitting in a corner by myself feeling very awkward because everyone knew everyone elseand wouldn¶t talk to or pay attention to the stranger in the corner. Philo is such a small town andknowing about the morning coffee at the Tavern is probably something only people from thetown know about. Walking in not from the town or close to the age of people in there was very
hard for me because I initially thought I was going to be judged or looked at funny because I wasthere. What surprised me was how open and welcoming everyone was. Even before Al came tosit with me, people would still walk in and say hello like I wasn¶t a stranger. They didn¶t look atme funny or puzzled that I was there; it was like I was supposed to be there. It also surprised mehow honest and trusting of a community it is; that the Tavern can be open for people to just comein and take coffee without having to worry about someone trying to steal alcohol or the moneyon the counter. I don¶t know what it¶s like to be in an environment where everyone is so trustingand open like that so that was really great for me to be a part of. I knew going in that Philo was agood friendly farm town but I never expected the welcome or respect that I got. I never wouldhave expected an older farmer to come up and start talking with a college student who wasn¶tfrom the area. I didn¶t expect him to offer me his life story or to answer any of my questionswithout me asking him first. I didn¶t expect for a group of strangers in a small close knit town to be so accepting and welcoming of an outsider who wasn¶t familiar with the small town farminglife. If I never move out of my comfort zone I would never learn about new people and cultures.I would never get to experience new things or see new ways of life. I feel that if you don¶t takethe risk of moving out of your comfort zone you lose the educational experience that you gainfrom doing so. You can only read so much in books but to live and get to see different walks of life first hand is a totally different thing. There of course are risks to moving out of your comfortzone, one is offending people. If you do not follow procedure or do things properly people willview that as a lack of respect for them or their culture and it will give them a negative image of you. There is also the risk of saying something wrong or going into a dangerous situation whenyou go out of your comfort zone, especially if you don¶t know the area or have someone therewith you. I feel like I cross borders multiple times in a day. I interact and am surrounded by
 people of different social classes, race, cultures, morals, religions every day. I don¶t think youhave to look or go hunt for opportunities to cross borders any more in our society because thereis so much variety and diversity.I think people create borders because they are scared or unsure about change or differences. Creating a border keeps that group safe or comfortable and away from judgment or ridicule by others. It keeps them from having to deal with what others think or say about them or their beliefs. I think people also use borders to hide from the ever changing world and thedifferences we have. I also feel that some borders have been around for years and people don¶twant to change them because they have been there for forever but they are unsure why they havethe borders in the first place. People aren¶t accepting of change or difference a lot of times and Ithink that is a big reason we have so many borders and why so many are still intact. Society hascreated some of these borders that we have no real explanation for why they still exist. We havesocial borders, class borders, racial borders, and cultural borders because the greater society isnot accepting of the way they do things or what they believe in. Society has labeled them asdifferent for not following the norm instead of embracing the history or culture they have tooffer. I believe the only way for everyone to understand each other is to lower or eliminate the borders, to see everyone as human and equal and to accept everything different or unique. I think if we all took the time to cross borders on purpose to learn about each other and show an interestin each other we could live in a society without borders where everyone is accepted. I think thisidea is a key component of why teachers need to cross borders. They need to know all about their students to better accept them and understand them. It brings the classroom into a happycommunity environment where everyone is accepting of everyone else and there are nodifferences or borders. If you know where a student comes from you can relate to them on a

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