I work in the archives. It is about time I tell you that. It isn’t a secret or anything–although, sometimes archival work feels like secret stuff–but I just hadn’t had the opportunity to mention it.
I get there on time and sit down to check my email. The room is empty but the lights are on. Sister must be somewhere close. I’m in the middle of reading the latest Design Within Reach Newsletter when I hear, “It’s BAGEL DAY!” My supervisor, the fiesty Sister J. calls from the other side of the room. “Come on! What are you waiting for?”
She escorts me down the hall to the campus ministry office where people are milling around drinking coffee and eating Panera’s finest. She tells me that she has already endulged, but I should come back to work when I’m done. Being that I am always up for free food I did not object.
The coffee gave me an overwhelming buzz that kept me giggling for the rest of the morning, longing to take photography classes again, study the history of habits, and revamp the archives starting with the box I was making labels for.
At the end of the day Sister and I talked about her former habit. She admitted that she missed it, despite its impracticality. “I can’t even imagine what those students thought when they came back from Christmas break in 1968 and we were all in normal clothes and most of us had different names. Those poor souls. They probably didn’t know what to do with themselves.” She laughed and leaned back like she always does.
She has some good stories. And we’re starting to understand each other’s humor. I like that.