This morning I ordered a personal genome kit that I will spit on and return. Ten weeks from now I’ll get all sorts of information about what’s in me. Just when I thought I knew enough about my gene pool. 🙂
More about this in a bit.
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I SHOWED UP
at the college
“Showed up” is the key phrase here.
the local college
offers 5 classes
for people of, let’s just say, a certain age.
No tests. No papers. No credit.
Just an opportunity to learn about something with others.
“With others” is the key phrase there.
I wanted to get in on this.
It was a goal in 2012 and I didn’t do it.
It was a goal in 2013 and I didn’t do it.
And now, 2014, I have done it!
I chose a class
on the works of David Foster Wallace,
an author I’d heard of, but never read.
I always go for courses where I know nothing.
I like to be the most ignorant,
the one with the most potential for growth.
OR, the thought occurs,
maybe I like being the one nobody expects anything from.
AT THE LIBRARY,
I get a slew of his books.
He’s an essayist, I read somewhere.
How long can an essay be?
With just this kind of thinking,
I near break an arm,
carrying books home.
One was a 1000-page novel!
The course is only 8 weeks long.
I’m in over my head and I know it.
I go to class anyway.
IN CLASS, I see a lot of familiar faces,
people who frequent the same haunts I do,
and now I know their names.
I find out I don’t have to read the 1,000-page book,
just 5 pages of it.
And, even though the class is at the tail end of the afternoon
when I’m not at my peak socially,
I pass a delightful 2 hours
comparing and contrasting,
discussing writing styles and
listening as people who read the same handout as me
have a completely different “take” on a character.
My horizons are broadened, and at this time of day!
For two hours, I am lost in the world of ideas,
which is home to me.
And when, at 6, I emerge,
I am energized,
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This is my 3rd post about intentional relating.
I wasn’t planning on writing 3 posts about it,
but the topic had a mind of its own, I guess.
Maybe this is my topic.
I’ve been out looking for my topic a long time now.
Oh, the genome! Next semester there will be a genetics class, it was announced, and if anyone is interested in having their personal genome done before that, they need to get on it now.