Just back from Chicago, where I helped Heather move from her Evanston apartment to her new job in Springfield, Illinois. This is the big move from student to working woman--she has been hired as an editor on the Springfield newspaper. It's hard for her--a writer and a musician/percussionist--to move from a lively pro-arts town to a smaller, more economically depressed city. But it's a job that keeps her in the newspaper business, and it pays reasonably well. She was able to rent a three-story house with one floor designated as the "music room." That's where the marimba is now housed. The retired cop who lives next door plays the bagpipes--he's a former Northwestern University graduate as well (in English literature!) She can't have a cat, though, which breaks her heart. She had wanted to rescue one of her adored kitties from Tree House, the no-kill shelter in Chicago (she volunteered there once a week). That adoption will have to wait until she owns her own place.
I couldn't be more proud of her! That said, I'm exhausted. I taught my graduate class in a fog today. The undergrads are opening up, writing their sorrows--which is pretty amazing for the second week of classes! The grad students are more gripped with fear, I think. Too much is riding on their work, the evaluations. They are being very careful and composed. That will change. (We want wild and composed!)
Heather called tonight to say that she would be okay. That's what a mother wants to hear!
Causes Marilyn Kallet Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, ACLU, Amnesty International, Save Darfur.