“The behinder I get!”
Which is what’s happened to me as the summer’s whooshed out, autumn’s rushing in, and all the undone things of the last lazy months are tumbling down around my head.
Result? Blog posts at the pace of molasses — Reading and commenting on other people’s blogs, YOUR blogs, even slower than that. My nerves of steel (well, sometimes they actually are strong and steady) lately resemble nerves of aluminum foil, shiny, yes, but also thin and flimsy and wrinkleable.
(This sculpture at the Yale Art Gallery bears a remarkable resemblance to my nerves these days.)
I’ve never outgrown Back to School excitement-cum-jitters, and now I’m about to moderate my first class in our 5 College Learning in Retirement program. As usual with a new project about to get underway, I’m lamenting, Why did I say I’ll do this? Why did I ever think this was a good idea? I know from long experience that when the project actually begins I’ll be excited and on tiptoe and “up.” It’s just getting there that’s rough.
The class should be great fun: It’s called Way Beyond Popcorn: Feasting at the Movies, and it will explore how varying cultures and cultural values inform and are reflected in eight films. Here’s the list: Eat Drink Man Woman; Tortilla Soup; Soul Food; Mostly Martha; James Joyce’s The Dead; Babette’s Feast; Chocolat; and Tampopo. A really diverse group representing diverse cultures, and all wonderful. If you don’t know them, you’re missing a treat.
I AM actually excited, really — just getting nervous, mostly about whether I’ll be able to get the DVDs to play on our community’s complicated audio-visual system! So I’m throwing the question out there to everyone: How do you cope with the jitters? How do you calm your nerves? How do you restore/achieve/renew/discover serenity? How do you embark on the new?
(About the quote: Mr. Google insists that it comes from Lewis Carroll, but I just about know Alice in Wonderland and Alice’s Adventures Through the Looking Glass by heart, and am sure that it isn’t there; one or two people have it coming from the Pennsylvania Dutch, which is how I heard it. Anybody know about that either?)