“Write about a time you made a mistake or were wrong about something.”
In the spring semester of 1986, I signed up for an elementary school music class at EIU. This class met every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00. A to the M.
Big effin mistake.
I went the first Monday – I had new spirals, a brand spanking new pack of bic pens and freshly sharpened pencils.
I went to school pre-internet. That syllabus wasn’t going to be found online; someone’s ass needed to haul across campus to pick up the freshly mimeographed copy.
I can still smell the fresh purple ink.
I must have hit the snooze button ten times that Wednesday – woke up at a quarter to 8 – brushed my teeth and ran my fingers through my hair – and sprinted from 2nd Street to the Fine Arts Center off of 9th – top speed.
Friday morning came. And went. I wasn’t kidding anyone…Thursday night was “Ladies Night” at Ted’s. There was no way in hell I would ever make it to an 8:00 on a Friday.
What was I thinking.
Thursday night was a ritual. Cheers. Knot’s Landing. Ted’s Warehouse for quarter beers. And, I usually had a sawbuck.
Who was I kidding?
I was not about to give up Thursday nights to learn how to teach ankle biters how to blow into a flute-a-phone.
The following Monday, I headed to the Registrar’s Office and dropped the class. I’d take it another semester.
It was a stupid Ele Ed music class.
Fast forward to Fall. 1988.
I was registering for classes for the following Spring. All I needed was an Ele Ed P.E. class, the music class, and a semester of student teaching.
Winter break 1988 was a wake up call at home. Trouble was brewing in the form of a pending divorce. I decided to take a semester off and save the world.
I reasoned that I could take some time and return later to take the stupid music and PE class requirements.
Bigger effin mistake.
Fast forward to 1991.
The 3-hour Ele Ed music class was no longer a requirement according to the EIU Ele Ed Catalog. Sadly, 30 more hours were.
I left the counselor’s office. Defeated.
Big effin’ mistake.
My life’s biggest regret.
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