“What did you do on your summer vacation?”
Would you believe this was the question asked of us at the English Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) I had to pass to receive my BA? I had asked everyone I knew what they were asked to write about at their test site. I had heard about being asked for political commentary, analysis of current events or international affairs. I worried about the subject matter I would face even though I was reminded they were looking at the structure of your comments and your general writing skills, not content.
I went in and, pencil in hand, took a deep breath and looked at the paper. It said, “What did you do on your summer vacation?”
“WHAT? WHAT!?, But I didn’t have a summer vacation. Being an older student, I had summer school, two small children and 100+ degree heat and NO MONEY! That was my summer vacation. So what am I supposed to do now?”
Of course I panicked, I drew a blank, and I sweated a lot. Everyone around me was writing quickly. I’m sure they were relieved it was such an easy question. So I did what any reasonable student would do… I lied. I made it up. Well, not completely, but it was an amalgam of various moments from my past, not necessarily summer, but activities at least. A little volleyball, some swimming, and a lot of fake enthusiasm later, I completed the essay. I think I held my breath until the day the results were posted. I passed (not in the top percentile I might add. How embarrassing!) It had been more than 10 years since high school English and it showed. I was an art major so a passing score was all I needed, but what a wake-up call that was.
I only mention this because I am reminded again today that my posts (and stats) have dwindled to near nothing again. If I don’t use it (my blog), will I lose it? I am spending time with my daughter and son in law from Australia and my first grandchild. The last two weeks have been, well, full! I am so behind in reading my feeds and I miss my favorite bloggers but I know I will be alone again after they leave. Plus (!) We are leaving on vacation at the beach and I am going to be on and offline for awhile. No apology necessary there, right?
So have a great end of July and I will be lurking in spare moments on my laptop by the bay. “What did I do on my summer vacation?” Maybe I can finally answer that question when I return 🙂