Short and Sane

I don’t know how my fellow grad students out there in Cyberland are currently doing but for me, today was one of those days in the second half of a term when you feel a wee bit panicky. When you look at the piles and piles of library books you haven’t even cracked open yet, for papers you haven’t even started yet, stacked next to the papers you still have to grade, which in turn are resting beside the stack of reading for your independent study tomorrow. When your husband is, yet again, out covering a meeting, leaving you to cope with dinner-baths-teeth-hair-story-drink-snack-bed time, but your eyes will barely stay open despite the fact that you’ve gulped down an entire pot of coffee since you got home in the vain attempt to perk your flagging system up a bit. When you look at your planner and realize that you have ANOTHER meeting tomorrow, flanked by two student conferences directly before and after the classes you’re not-quite-prepared-to-teach-yet, all in addition to a to-do list that covers two pages. When you entertain the thought that maybe….just maybe….you are NOT going to get it all done this time. Oh, there’s no reason to think you won’t, not really–after all, you’ve always managed to get everything done and in on time in the past. But still……

What if?

On days like this, I like to troll the internet for memes that make me feel better, less alone, more able to cope. Like this one:


Yeah, I do feel better. We got this, y’all.


About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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1 Response to Short and Sane

  1. April says:

    It’s certainly one of those days. And that LOTR meme made it so much better.

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