Carlisle Hall 402 ~ UTA ~ February 8, 2018
This week, I had my students do activities inspired by or taken directly from Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal for their Daily Compositions in their Field Notes. I decided I wanted to get in on the fun too and did the first one (you can see a rough draft of their list–though it changed a bit–at the top of that right page). I dripped coffee on that right page, closed the journal, and was delighted to open it back up and find a rather whimsical little character angrily shaking its fists (or maybe flexing its might) at the world. I’m not entirely sure why he delighted me so (or why he’s a he), but every time I flip past him now I smile. A reminder, perhaps, to not take things so seriously. To thrill at the patterns the world throws our way. To love little things and details. To paint more with coffee. To turn more grocery lists into “art.” Anyway, I’m glad I got in on the fun.
Dr. Rorschach has something he wants to show you. He was a he. (I checked.) Or he could have been a girl named Hermann. I begged to take that test, by the way, when I was in the looney bin. I determined that I would boldly see more than anyone had seen before. Interpreting it later, the psychologist reported: If I had not administered this to you, I would think you were psychotic. But I know you were just showing off.”
I noticed that your whimsical little character started out as an it before becoming a he in the present narrative. Dr. Rorschach and I agree that he is a teddy bear. With elbows?
“A reminder, perhaps, to not take things so seriously. To thrill at the patterns the world throws our way. To love little things and details. To paint more with coffee. To turn more grocery lists into “art.” ” What a great role the little guy plays!
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He did, didn’t he. I wonder if I really thought of him as a he until I sat down to write out that post. Thinking back on it, I’m not sure. And now that it’s written (to paraphrase Pharaoh from The Ten Commandments), so is it done.