Friday, May 21, 2010

Did I Miss Anything?

by Tom Wayman

Questions frequently asked by
students after missing a class

Nothing.  When we realized you weren’t here
we sat with our hands folded on our desks
in silence, for the full two hours

Everything.  I gave an exam worth
40 percent of the grade for this term
and assigned some reading due today
on which I’m about to hand out a quiz
worth 50 percent. 

Nothing.  None of the content of this course
has value or meaning
Take as many days off as you like:
any activities we undertake as a class
I assure you will not matter either to you or me
and are without purpose.

Everything.  A few minutes after we began last time
a shaft of light descended and an angel
or other heavenly being appeared
and revealed to us what each woman or man must do
to attain divine wisdom in this life and
the hereafter.
This is the last time the class will meet
before we disperse to bring this good news to all people on earth.

Nothing.  When you are not present
how could something significant occur?

Everything.  Contained in this classroom
is a microcosm of human existence
assembled for you to query and examine and ponder
This is not the only place such an opportunity has been gathered

but it was one place

And you weren’t here


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I have tried to take a blogcation.  I have failed.  Diabetes Blog Week took up a colossal amount of my time, I forgot what day it was on Thursday last week and looked at Gavin’s completed homework packet for the first time all week! 

GET OUT OF THE BLOGOSPHERE!!!!  There’s real people in your home that love you and need you.  Spend time with them. 

So I did.  But I can’t keep from writing about my life with my family. 

Yesterday we spent the day in Oakland, just not all together.  I started writing the story but haven’t posted it yet.  Now I am taking my kids to the playground again to meet our friends like we do every Friday.  The Oakland posts will have to wait. 

Did I miss anything?  It turns out I did and I didn’t.  I have to remember my audience.  I write for me, my children, and my extended family.  But I live for these people first. 

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