Pond Life

J0078609 Yesterday I participated in the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the U of H Creative Writing Program, which is where I got my Ph.D.  Although I swore to my friend Jane and to myself that I would not let it get me down, it did.  I guess that program never did feel like a good fit for me, and it was unpleasant to be reminded of it. 

My last year at Iowa (where I got my MFA) was the 50th Anniversary of that writing program, and I remember feeling really excited by that shindig.  I got to meet writers I’d always admired.  I had a new girlfriend at the time and I was SO IN LOVE.  And for some random reason, I was interviewed by several national newspapers and NPR radio. My picture was in the L.A. Times.  It sounds like one of Charles’ dreams, but this did actually happen. 

One thing I’ve found this past year is that now that I have a child, I really do put my moments of discomfort/embarrassment/horror behind me much more quickly.  Today Pearl and I ran up and down hills in the sunshine.  We made shrill whooping sounds as we swished around on the grass.  Nothing else mattered.

Nothing else matters.


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