Thursday, February 21, 2008

Fourteen Hours To Go

Exams are like labor. All you know for sure is that eventually there will be an end.

Just back from Church History, for which I spent three solid hours this evening filling a 22-page bluebook with little tiny handwriting from first line to last. I did the same thing for Prophets yesterday morning. Thankfully New Testament yesterday was multiple choice -- not, to my way of thinking, an acceptable method of assessment but, since my hand was about to fall off, as it is now, I was grateful.


Greek. Tomorrow morning. As of noon, no matter what, I will be off for two weeks.


During which: an evening and an all day Saturday and a paper for spiritual direction, an interview for field ed for next year, an interview for CPE this summer, a two-day psych evaluation, a very long drive, and then:


There will be sunrises, and egrets, and laughing gulls and pelicans and the sound of the ocean shifting tides outside our window all night long. And maybe . . . just maybe . . . there will be gannets!

Postscript: When we walked into our final today, we learned that someone who took it yesterday finished in one and one-half hours. That was a nice little fantasy. THREE AND ONE-HALF HOURS OF GREEK LATER, the last of us straggled out. No checking work, no extra credit, no re-thinking a single word; just a marathon of endurance.

I wonder how many hours straight I can sleep tonight.


10 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

Go Greek! Go Greek!

You'll ace it I bet.

Then sweet time of rest. *whew*

Lisa :-] said...

Good luck with the Greek, and then abandon yourself to a great time on vacation.

Stratoz said...

may you hope for gannets, but be filled with joy with what flies into your life.

Quotidian Grace said...

Good luck, GG! I know you'll do well.

more cows than people said...

wow, exam week is very different at your seminary.

for us it was papers, papers, papers....

and holy cow do you have a demanding weekend after these 14 hours.

i'm SO glad vacation is coming. Praise, Jesus!

more cows than people said...

oh, and Godspeed on the exams. you'll be fine.

LawAndGospel said...

Godspeed for your exams and your heavy schedule. Prayers for peace, refreshment and renewal and ..gannets.

Jan said...

Good luck! You'll do well. And thinking of your tiny writing in a blue book is impressive. . .

Kathryn J said...

It must feel so good to be finished. I'm sure you did very well.

Enjoy the time off and the visit to one of your most important touchstones!

Carol said...

Congratulations, GG. Now enjoy your well-earned and deserved time away. Of course, I know you still need to get through a few more things this weekend but it all seems to be fairly simple compared to what you just did.