certain signs

Signs that it is nearly time for school to start:

  • several thousand questions over voicemail about how to reset one’s Blackboard password
  • statements like, “Where did the summer go?” from all of the 12-month staff who then glare pointedly at the well-rested, tanned, glowing 9-month faculty
  • my upcoming appearance on the freshman orientation video (ugh)
  • sweaty half-naked boys hanging around outside the athletic center (aww yeah)
  • upon being asked to create more keys for the building, hearing the “are you the key master?” joke for the billionth time, and being unable to prevent myself from responding, “are you the gate keeper?”
  • several thousand emails to the effect of: “i am a freshmen i would luv 2 work in tha liberry ok thx bye”
  • gradually waning deer population as they find safer, quieter climes
  • the reopening of the campus café (THANK GOD)
  • bevies of giggling freshmen girls communicating solely with “like”, “rad”, and “so-totally” in their magical way
  • smiling as my favorite faculty members return, and proclaim, “I’m so glad you didn’t quit too!”
  • smiling as my favorite student assistants return, and proclaim, “So when do I start working again?”
  • smiling as I think of this being my third fall here, as that gentle peace that hides at the edges of my experience bursts and gleams in the decreasing daylight

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I acknowledge that I live and work on stolen Cowlitz, Clackamas, Atfalati, and Kalapuya land.
I give respect and reverence to those who came before me.