By the sounds of that paragraph, I bet you can tell this is not going to be a post about gratitude. Dillard sees danger and menace everywhere--snakes and scared rabbits and bees and rabid animals. It's a part of the whole landscape of Tinker Creek.
Well, this evening when I got home, I opened my university e-mail and found a message from the English Department Head. The message line was simply "fall course schedule." I actually held my breath when I opened it. With one little click, my entire fall teaching schedule changed. It seems that, due to low enrollment, one of the Intro to Film classes I was supposed to teach is being canceled. Instead, I have been offered an evening Intro to Composition class. Papers. Presentations. Surly students who don't want to be in a classroom for three hours, discussing about writing. Talk about menace and danger.
That also means that I will be teaching two evening classes on two consecutive nights. It's going to be exhausting, especially since I have to be up for my other job at the medical office at 4:45 a.m. In a way, I think I would rather face rabid raccoons or skunks. At least there's a painful remedy for that problem.
Yes, I am whining. Yes, I am being ungrateful. At least I still have two classes to teach. So, there's my attempt at gratitude tonight. (I have had a couple bottles of Guinness, so that helps.) After I am done ranting in this post, I am going to e-mail the English Department Head and accept the class. Dammit. I just need to be a little drunk to do it.
Saint Marty is already looking forward to the end of the fall semester, and it doesn't start for over a month-and-a-half.
|Danger everywhere . . .|