by Sheri Fenley
FRIDAY, JUNE 13TH
For blondes in California, Friday the 13th is a legal holiday. This is what I thought might get me off the hook for speaking to the class. I was not having a good start to my day. I had not made the correct calculations and had run out of cigarettes the night before. I got more than a few funny looks as I was walking down the hill looking up into the sky and saying, "Just take me now and get it over with!" I was working on a legal holiday, they had run out of spiced apple oatmeal in the cafeteria, and I was drinking coffee without a cigarette.
Walking through the parking lot to my classroom to meet my fate, an angel pulled up in her car. Why, it was Ms. Martha from my class, Ms. Martha who sat in the Front row of my class. I must have looked really bad. She asked what was wrong and when I told her she took a quick look around and said, "Hurry quick and get in the car." Bless her little heart, Ms. Martha took some back road, got me to the mini mart and back to school in time for me to have a smoke and for us to get to class on time. PLEASE NOTE: Ms. Martha does not smoke, she did it for me out of the kindness of her heart which I blessed earlier. I am forever in your debt, Martha.
OK, so maybe the day was getting a little better. I was wearing my favorite fluorescent Hawaiian Print Dress and lime green sandals. My mother always told me when you look good, you feel good.
It was nearing the time for me to have my turn. Everyone before me had power point things and laser pointers. I finally tore a piece of paper out of my notebook, wrote on it and waited. I dragged myself up to the podium, held up my piece of paper that said, “The Problem with Pauline,” and proceeded to tell everyone about my research. I did this with a classroom of new friends, some new found confidence, and a smile on my face.
Sheri Fenley is a guest blogger here on Genea-Musings - previous blog entries include:
* An introduction, and a description of the IGHR program at Samford University in Birmingham, were posted 19 June 2008 as "Meet Guest Blogger Sheri Fenley."
* "Sheri Goes to Samford - Post 1" was posted 20 June 2008.
* "Sheri Goes to Samford - Post 2" was posted 21 June 2008.
* "Sheri Goes to Samford - Post 3" was posted 22 June 2008.
* "Sheri Goes to Samford - Post 4" was posted 23 June 2008.
* "Sheri Goes to Samford - Post 5" was posted 24 June 2008.
My thanks to Sheri Fenley for allowing me to post her experiences at Samford. I thought that they were worthy of posting in hopes that some readers will be inspired to attend IGHR at Samford in the future. They were funny, too - something I really appreciate in a genealogy writer!