Marking it up: 10

If you've ever seen a wholesome, American TV show (see: Full House, Family Matters, etc), you'll recognize the tradition of marking a child's height on the wall on his birthday. This tradition serves to remind everyone who sees it that that kid is growing, "right before our very eyes!" I can't count myself among the kids that grew up with this tradition; my Dad was very Nazi-like about keeping his white walls clean and would certainly never consider marking them up with such sentiment. We had our own system of measuring how much we'd grown; the question was, if you stand next to Uncle Dick at Thanksgiving this year, do you even reach his waistline? Because at 6'4", he seemed to have sucked all the growing genes out of the pool and ate them up himself.

I mention this because no one ever thinks they're growing until they see something that reminds them of where they were. And when I started the Middlebury program this summer, the thought of doing a 50-page thesis was unthinkable and I always believed that, on some level, I would be able to do everything but that. I'd be able to navigate the Paris metro and do well in my classes, but the whole writing so many pages about the same thing? Not so much.

Today I met with my director to discuss the first 10, which were due this weekend. I figured that those 10 would be watered down after meeting with him, that we'd chop stuff out and play around until it was back around 4. But he didn't chop or hack; he corrected some agreement mistakes and wrote "oui" in the margins.

And so, let the wall be marked: I'm at 10.


seasidesar said...

i think you mean "let uncle dick's wasitline be marked" ...to be consistent w/ epting tradition (for while you may be in another country, i have a sneaking suspicion that's still your method of measurement)

ps - i really want to comment on your Little Children post... just haven't had the time yet, but just you wait!

Anonymous said...

congrats! that's 20%! i'm way impressed. Keep up the good work!!

~ Erica ~

Anonymous said...

From someone who never got to have her thesis director say her first ten pages were any good: WELL DONE!