Wednesday, November 12, 2008

St. Crispin's Day in the Kitchen

Today I was making dinner (making chicken salad sandwiches from the store) with my roommate Mary in the kitchen, lamenting-as always-about graduation. I told her how I was going to miss doing work for myself: writing my own papers, reviewing my work, working on projects that would have my name on it... you know... all the selfish qualms that come with being a 22-year-old student with no family.

So, to put things in perspective Mary gave me this gem of insight, a "Band of Brothers" speech if you will:

"No. You're actually going to be making money for the work you do. Instead of coming home and wondering whether to make yourself chicken salad or Ramen; you're going to take yourself out to dinner! You're not going to live with a roommate who sticks her shoes under the fridge, (another blog for another time) you're going to live with maybe one other girl. And you can have a man in your bed every night if you damn well please!"

Now if that doesn't motivate me to find a good career, I don't know what will.

Thanks Mary

Caveat: On account of my impeccable memory for detail and the fact that I wrote every word of this down right after she said it means that it's verbatim and completely unrehearsed. The best always are.

3 comments:

Jane said...

Oh mary is the best. what great insight. you know what though...(not that I'm some college alumni pro or anything) but I think the best part of college is the conversations i had with roommates. those are the memories I'll keep forever. The one's happening right in the kitchen or sitting on beds. i miss you mags.

holli hale said...

Wow. I love Mary. She is great for pep talks.

neil said...

M-Fran. K-Pear told me that I should read your blog because it is funny, which kind of implies that she doesn't think my funny production is sufficient for my funny consumption. Like I'm in a funny deficit. Which isn't true, and really is kind of an insult. I don't NEED funny. In fact, I didn't laugh at all during the decade between 1992 and 2003. I was fine. Actually, now that we are talking about it, I think I may just repeat that decade of Emo.

Either way, I have high expectations and I thought it was only fair that you were aware of them so in the case that you disappoint you could rightly be held accountable for it. Thanks.

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