Perhaps because it’s summer and I’ve got the same lazy attitude of our students. Perhaps because there has been summer reading program (albeit much less stressful this year). But I like to think that I haven’t been blogging as much because of other writing projects. Capturing my words cannot always be done in a public forum and this has been one of those times.

My most recent ‘brilliant idea’ is to write a thousand words on each of a number of people who have influenced me or about whom I have a strong memory. These are summaries of friendships now gone by the wayside, coworkers with whom I’ve lost contact, or casual acquaintances where I can still remember being a thorn in their side.

One memory I want to capture is of a resident supervisor I knew during undergrad. He was a graduate student about whom none of us knew very much. One night, as I sat in the building lobby chatting with friends I saw him and called out to him. He sighed and turned, waiting for one of the infamous questions I would drop on him.

“Yeah?” he asked, waiting to hear some strange challenge to long time policy.

“I need a hug.”

You could see palpable relief as he extended his arms and I dashed over into them. He headed off then and I went back to those friends, who were now staring at me. They’d never considered that he was a huggable person. Their loss–he gave awesome hugs.

Though I doubt it’s a memory he probably shares (one hug in the middle of a dorm lobby?), it’s something I want to capture. For their privacy though, I will keep these thoughts offline, because these will be real people and real events–as best as my memory will serve.

But that’s what I’m working on–what are you up to?