Tuesday, July 21, 2009

That Which I Lack

A curious thing happened this morning on my run.

First, I ran past a man riding a bike. The curious thing: the man had one arm.

Second, I ran past a dog with 3 legs.

It was a morning of curious missing parts.

Then the sweat started pouring into my eyes--partly because it was really hot and really humid, but also because I went to bed at 2 am and got up at 7 to submit my exam revisions. I'm more tired than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest.

You see, I've been reminded lately of all the things I lack. But like the one-armed man and the three-legged dog, and the butt-kicker, I've tried to do everything I can to make up for my missing parts. I've studied and poured over notes and books. I've written and revised. I've crossed out and reformatted and thought a whole lot.

And somehow those missing parts have appeared in really strange ways. I've had some dear friends help read my stuff and make sure my written words really express my brilliant ideas (or at least coherent ideas). I've had some great time at the pool as I've revised (hey--might as well make use of the sun). And last night, a dear friend brought by some leftover soup. Right when I was gorging on grapes and trail mix trying to get through the last stages of revision. It was dee-licious. So my point is that things work out--especially when we work them out for each other and make up for our lacking parts. As Grandad said, we're all in this together.
And now it's 10:00 am and I'm going to go take a nap.


The homestead said...

I would love to bring you dinner sometime.

Laurel said...

you have to email me...i need your address STAT. I have something you need. really.


The Wyler Family said...

hope you had a great nap! you deserve it. hey, we're going to visit dc in october. we're meeting david's sister there and spending a few days. i need to talk to you about it. i hope you'll be there. talk to you soon.

crystal said...

The dog is adorable and looks happy as a clam, even with 3 legs!! Oh, and the soup looks awesome, my favorite kind!