Thursday, January 31, 2008
The Laws Of Attraction
"Nobody grows up and thinks, I'm going to live in Detroit," one of my students said last night, mystified as to how I got here and why I stayed. But I always kind of knew that I would end up in the north, the rustbelt, the midwest, what people on the coasts refer to as the flyover states. I often thought I might live in Gary, Indiana or Milwaukee -- my crystal ball wasn't entirely polished and clear in those early days. If there were a few other industrial hellholes that nobody wanted to live in, I'd add those to the list as well. Even as a child, I liked things other people didn't. How can you like that? my mother would often say, shaking her head at whatever new thing had captured my imagination.
Sometimes I make my classes write about things they wanted and got, only to find out they didn't want them anymore. But this is not true for me -- it's never too late as evidenced by my new Disco Snoopy. Yes readers, I, Michelle Brooks, have Disco Snoopy. I told one of my classes a few semesters ago that I had wanted one as a child and never got him. And a few nights ago, a sweet student of mine brought me one of the little guys, Snoopy with a teeny-tiny disco cape, doing the iconic John Travolta move. "It was hard to find him," she told me. But she did find him and he is now mine! It was my dream to have him many years ago, and they didn't make very many as he wasn't a big seller. But I loved him so he found his way to me. Like Detroit, Disco Snoopy isn't for everyone, but sometimes if you love something enough, it will find its way to you.
Michelle's Spell of the Day
"The things that we love tell us what we are." Saint Thomas Aquinas
Drinking movie suggestion: The Savages
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