This past weekend, I was able to get together with a sweet, college friend, and it was lovely! But it also made me realize how isolated I currently am from what I dearly love. Specifically,
I miss learning in community.
I miss talking about English and English-y things.
I miss reading heavy books, and I miss the presence of such tomes scattered around my house.
I miss people who know the difference between D. H. Lawrence and e e cummings.
I miss phrases like "What can we infer about the character on page 68?" "Ecriture feminine is inherently non-linear," and "This validates the argument..."
I miss referring to a book as a "text."
I miss debating about whether a text should or should not be considered part of the canon.
I miss telling other people about what I'm working on or reading and watching their eyes react to what I'm saying.
I miss talking about my research.
I miss sifting through databases.
I miss having Ben proof my writing only for him to say "I don't understand what you're talking about, but it seems like you know what you're saying."
I miss the thrill moments when I feel something percolating into a coherent idea.
I miss being in dialogue with friends who use intelligent, interesting, varying language.
Despite all of the arduous work that goes into formal education, I rather miss it.
(Props to anyone who caught my literature reference in all of this blather!)