Hey there, sparkling eyes. . . .see, I have loooooong vision. . .ho ho ho
It is very early Sat. a.m.. . . like 5:22 to be exact. What am I doing up at this horrible hour? Why. . ..writing to you, of course. ;-)
Friday evening was rainy, windy, tres cool....as in froide. . .hehe. . so when I came home for a latish supper I just plain stayed in. . . and did something just so odd. . heheee.. . I read a book! No studying. . .just read for the sheer pleasure.
Madame Bouvier. . .my grammy. . .we like to call her Madame. .Madame B. .even Ms Bouvier. . . .she goes right along with our camp. . .
well, memere had gone out to supper with The Girls. . .her own circle of friends. Mde B drives a red. .if yo please. . .a red VW bug. . . hehehe with a permanent red silk rose in a thin vial vase on the dashboard. . hahahaa...cute. .
Just to be sure her Justin was fed she left a hot casserole in the warming over. . . baked macaroni 'n cheese. . . .with a dash of Dijon mustard and pine nuts. Soooooooooo good after school food yesterday. Beside regular Psych 101 I teach, my own two classes and then a late afternoon sesssion with the group therapy people.
We are a group of seven psych majors wwho have been meeting regularly since we were 4th year undergrads. So this is our thrid year we are into. The group is 5ive gay guys, one of whom claims to be 'bi', and. . .ready for this?. . .a straight guy. He asked in by choice. Plus our mentor Dr K.who is also gay. This is where we put into hands-on practice what we are learning in our academic lives and personal lives. We each are "in therapy" -- the patient. We each are the therapist. We tske turns being group leader. We talk about our own isues. . .real stuff we are dealing with . . .and share to the degree each one is comfortable with.
The program is aimed at giving us real application of the tools we are learning in the academic setting. When we began we individually signed a covenant with one another. . The Group. . .to guard, protect, preserve the sacred dignity of each member with the professional conduct of licensed therapists/counsellors. . .we agreed to live by the code of ethics which we would be obligated professionally and legally to observe when we were working in the therapeutic community.
Knowing all that we have come to know about one another we also pledged to one another not to "hit" on each other. heheheee And we take that very seriously. Professional ethical conduct.
So we are teaching one another; learning from one another. Dr K keeps a parental/ professional eye on all of us.
Our straight colleague asked to be a member of our group so that he could learn from us about being gay so he could bring to his own life a love and compassion for real gay men. And we have learned from him about heterosexual orientation. . . and, perhaps strangely at the beginning, we have come to realize we have far more in common than differences. We are a diverse group living diversity. It is an invaluable caring. loving learning environment. Btw, there are a few other similar groups in the department. We all meet together twice in a trimester for a presentation, discussion and supper. And member-students take turns doing the presentation. On occasion we have visiting presenters from the broader commuinity.
I have found this experience of enormous value academically and personally.
So why am I up? I woke up hungry and then decided to write to you while I was munching..hehheee... Now I am going to crawl back into bed and hopefully sink into "the arms of Morpheus" and get some more zzzzzzzzzzzs. As you all know, Morpheus is the Greek god of sleep. Hence the name morphine for pain control and sleep-inducing medications.
sweet dreams. . . yaaaawwnnnn