by Christy Effinger
The earth science
professor just resigned. Each summer he travels alone into the
wilderness to count bugs, read rocks, chart stars. This summer he got
lost in Nepal and found himself in Tibet. Somewhere deep in the
mountains he had an epiphany and sent his resignation e-mail from a
Buddhist monastery. At our fall faculty meeting we joke about his
self-discovery; we shake our heads over his reckless courage; we wonder
aloud what kind of impulsive fool would throw away a safe job with
dental insurance and a government pension. What we don’t say is how much
we envy him.
Christy Effinger teaches college English in Indianapolis.