Friday, December 16, 2005
Christmas break thoughts…
Like a giant expelling a belly-driven yoga breath, the campus is exhaling students. Which leaves only a remaining skeletal staff wandering empty halls.
In some ways, there’s the inevitable sense of completion. Another marker met, another chapter closed, another semester finished. But the accompanying silence bears witness to the fact that this is a place now missing its heart, namely, student hustle and busle. Bright-eyed or at times asleep on the coach outside my office. Whatever their state, they make the place more than a barren structure and my work more than a job.
So, in looking out on a now deserted library and listening to the sound of blowers whooshing heat through the building, I find that I’m grateful. Grateful for all the students I’ve met over the last few months. Grateful for their energy, enthusiasm, and idealism. Grateful for their questions. And, lastly, grateful for the fact that I can look forward to their return in a few weeks. Which is when I’ll be back blogging (January 3, to be exact).
So, until then, have a merry and, most especially, blessed Christmas.