Friday, March 19, 2010
I had a funny situation this morning. I had every intention of having a big breakfast with eggs and sausage. I ended up calling into work before dawn to make sure an employee finished an on-line training that he had to do. He was having some trouble with me explaining it over the phone so I decided to go in and help him. This meant I did not have time to eat breakfast.
I rushed over to Dunkin Donuts so I would get at least something in my belly. I felt like some creature of the night racing against the sunrise. When I got into Dunkin Donuts there was a long line. I had this moment where I could envision myself shouting to everyone, "get out of the !%%@!&@^ way, I'm fasting!" and then leaping to the front of the line, knocking over anyone who tried to stop me. That would have made for some interesting headlines I'm sure like, "Baha'i Attacks Dunkin Donuts Customers in Fast-induced Panic." I managed to resist this urge, waited in line and gobbled a couple of bites and a few sips of coffee (it was too hot to drink quickly) before the sun rose. It was a completely different experience than my eggs and sausage fantasy. I got to work and found my employee sitting at the computer. He looked up and smiled and said, "Oh, I figured it out and am almost done". I thought, "O.K. God, very funny."
The rest of the day had a bit less irony. I've been taking this class on Teaching and Learning as part of my doctoral program. One of the course expectations is that each student would teach a section of the class. My turn was today and it was about critical thinking. I was well prepared and wore a suit (I've heard I look nice in a suit). I was a bit nervous because this was a class full of teachers and not your typical students. No one ran out of the room, threw anything or called the police so I guess I did a good job. I had another one of those moments of thinking "this is the kind of thing I really want to be doing". It reminded of that crab Sebastian from "The Little Mermaid." The King has just given him the task of following Ariel (essentially Hannah Montana with a fish tail) around. He says in his Jamaican accent "I should be composing symphonies. Not chasing after some headstrong teenager". I thought after class, "I should be teaching, not what I'm doing right now (without the accent though)."
On the days I have class, I usually get home around 3:30pm so have some time before I pick up Douglass Ali from daycare. My ritual is to watch a movie, preferably an action film or something with monsters running around. Today I decided to mix things up and watch a romcom instead. I watched this movie "Love Happens" with Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. The real star of the movie was apparently the Space Needle which the film maker seemed to keep needing to show as if you were going to forget that the movie was set in Seattle. I'll stick with zombies, aliens or Bruce Willis next time.
I've been craving lasagna for a few days so broke my Fast with that. I won't say where I got it but if you've been following my posts you can probably guess (come on, you know you want to try and guess). My son spent the evening engaged in his usual shenanigans which tuckered us both out and we fell asleep which is why I'm blogging at 2 in the morning. I'm thinking I should have those sausage and eggs now just in case God wants to have some fun again at my expense.
"These are, O my God, the days whereon Thou didst enjoin Thy servants to observe the fast. With it Thou didst adorn the preamble of the Book of Thy Laws revealed unto Thy creatures, and didst deck forth the Repositories of Thy commandments in the sight of all who are in Thy heaven and all who are on Thy earth. Thou hast endowed every hour of these days with a special virtue, inscrutable to all except Thee, Whose knowledge embraceth all created things. Thou hast, also, assigned unto every soul a portion of this virtue in accordance with the Tablet of Thy decree and the Scriptures of Thine irrevocable judgment. Every leaf of these Books and Scriptures Thou hast, moreover, allotted to each one of the peoples and kindreds of the earth." (Baha'u'llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha'u'llah, p. 142)