Alright, I finished my third devotional piece, part of this week’s homework, and I loved doing it! Yes, I suppose it is “work,” but working my mind, heart, and soul is something I can and should do. There are a few problems with this, though (if you could call them “problems”):
-A visiting friend said last evening, “You ENJOY homework? What a nerd.” I let him know that I was guilty as charged, and this has been a label for a number of decades. But the thing is, this didn’t feel like HOMEWORK. In college, this wasn’t often the feeling. I loved teaching, but this is actually both similar and different.
-I was happiest with my third entry, though I really liked all three. The third will be the only one that will likely tempt my own tears, but it’s not very long, so I should manage. (I’ll read them in class, where we also critique them as a group before turning them in.)
-Writing does make my mind work, and when I can’t get to sleep at night or I’m just awakening (before the alarm rings), words go through my head. Two of my three pieces have been reprinted a number of times because of something I saw in my mind that I should change.
-One of the things that went through my head was a very rough outline of a book. Arrgh!! I’m not ready for that! I always appreciated writing and thought it would be neat to be a “writer,” but I really never thought this would be me. I really didn’t have that aspiration – most writers have journals and such, and I just don’t write that much by hand, so I could never got into this habit longterm. (I know, a “blog” is a “web log,” which is, in effect, a journal. Yeah, yeah.)
This isn’t nearly all that was racing around, and I do actually have other parts of homework that need finished this weekend, so I’ll stop spouting here. And just in case any enquiring minds want to know, the three entries I wrote are the ones I first called, “The bamboo flute,” “Wild Hemlock and Queen Anne’s Lace,” and “Just call me ‘Grace.’” The real titles I gave them are, “God’s instrument,” “The real thing,” and “A life of grace.” This might change before Tuesday, but that’s why we have extra paper and ink, right?