April 2, 2008

There and back again

Posted in Family at 1:25 pm by Matt Porter

There. As in where we were. As in the barren arctic tundra formerly known as southern Michigan. As in the land that greeted our arrival with a full twelve inches of snow in the first twelve hours of our sojourn. We spent the better part of a week visiting with my parents, enjoying the weather, but mostly enjoying the fact that we didn’t have to shovel the weather yet.

The other there. As in where we spent fifteen hours driving to, around, and from. As in Indianapolis. We spent a substantial amount of time surveying the northern and (to a lesser extent) western regions of the city and suburbs. There were no lightning bolts, no angelic choirs, no rent in the heavens, no divine messenger sent to direct us (or to bring our donkey, er, minivan, to a halt, sword drawn to take off our heads, as some may have feared). Still, we are more settled that this is where we should go and what we should do, and we are glad to know that we can do so without having to move in between competing suppliers of illicit pharmaceuticals. We did not tour the campus, since daylight was limited and the city was vast and our oft-hungry daughter was in tow.

Back again. As in home. As in that place which seemed very empty without our faithful four-legged fiend friend to greet us. Home seemed more like home Thursday once Mully had rejoined our family. He promptly demonstrated that, once again, the dog boarder is prone to underestimate just how much food our dog is willing to consume in a day. By Monday, he had returned to that state we call “normal,” for lack of an appropriate adjective.

The other back. As in work. As in that place with all those students who spent spring break practicing for summer break, purging as much knowledge as they could in a short time. Rather than utilize the approach of small, consistent consumption of knowledge, they opt for the eating disorder approach, cramming in massive amounts only to dispose of it a short time later. One can almost see terms hemorrhage from their overloaded craniums as they frantically attempt to deposit their knowledge on paper before it escapes. Unfortunately for many, I gave two third-quarter exams today, which gave them only two days to regain the concepts they had so meticulously forgotten.

And this back. As in blogging. As in what I’ve not done in nearly two weeks. As in that activity where I inflict my contortion of the English language upon unwilling, yet horribly fascinated, readers. I will be resuming and shortly finishing my thoughts on gospel presentation, and I have yet a few more ideas to hash out in my posts. Unfortunately, knowing how I work, my one-post ideas will probably turn into twelve-part series. I doubt you’ll be rid of me until some time next century, at this rate.

It’s been a nice vacation. Time to jump back in and continue my journey to total insanity!

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1 Comment »

  1. Lisa said,

    I thought we were getting an exerpt from the Lord of the Rings by your title…

    Welcome home! For now…


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