Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Quote & hopeful postscript

Last week, having followed a book recommendation from a Twitter connection, I finished The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker. This line, among several, stuck with me:
[T]he corporate bathroom is the one place in the whole office where you understand completely what is expected of you. (71)
Excising 'corporate' from this quotation and replacing 'office' with 'school' gives a surprisingly accurate -- if snarky -- summation of my professional footing in the closing days of February's seismic grind.

p.s. Maybe writing daily in March as part of the Slice of Life Challenge will help me distill expectations moving forward into spring...


  1. Glad to hear you are looking forward to slicing in March. I can't believe it is nearly here!

  2. Wonderful commentary, Brian. I hope to connect with you more in March.

  3. I find February a very hard month to get through as well. It seems to be hard for both me and my students, so I am always glad when we have the fresh perspective of the new month when March comes.

  4. Way back in the early years of this century Laura Bush came to my school. The many security people put our most spacious, windowless staff bathrooms off limits to staff and made it their "safe space". If only they knew.

    1. Ha! Your comment sounds like a slice unto itself.

  5. Clever slice. Bring on March & !gnilims peeK

  6. So cryptic Looking forward t some daily distilled thinking coming up.

  7. When the school bathroom becomes the metaphor for job expectations, it's a sign that it's time for winter to be over.