Daily Archives: November 2, 2012
Yesterday I wore a black wool sweater with a gray penguin stitched on. It should be noted it was not a mystery as to why because it was made by Penguin Clothing. Anyways, at a little more than half an inch tall, I was oddly mesmerized by it. Part of my admiration is because of a project I did about penguins in elementary school. But I was fixated on it… and for several minutes. After getting back to work, I was looking right back at, ‘the emperor.’ Weird.
While this was all occurring, I was constantly leaning back and forth in a reclining chair, pondering my next writing topic. Per daydreaming, I thought of a writing class I took in college with Ms. Diaz when I did the same thing. Sitting in the back row, of course, there was only one other person who was equally as ‘cool’ as me in the room and she was to my left. A beautiful brunette with a smile so incredible that it absolutely validated my choice to take this class. Memories flashed to the front of my mind of how many nice mini-conversations we had (they could have been longer, but the professor kept talking).
She was sweet, funny and smart. I knew she worked at the tech repair room in the university’s main hall. One day, I took in my fully functioning laptop with the power cord and was prepared to ask her about a mysterious ‘power shortage.’ Turns out, my class let out five minutes too late and she was already down the hallway when I was arriving. I didn’t even try to make anything up to the computer guy. I just looked at him and left.
Besides seeing her a few times around campus the following semester, that class was the last time I was within a comfortable/normal speaking distance. However, I was a fit individual and a run across the quad would not have killed me (Note: Being a guy entitles me to being an idiot on more than one occasion).
Did I have ‘a shot’ with her? Don’t know, but I really wish I had let her reject me in person instead of me constantly imagining/fearing it.
She was so close and yet so far. It may be a cliche, but it’s a good one.
Snapping back, I gazed back down at the penguin. Did you know emperor penguins travel an average of 50 miles between a breeding colony and the sea for food? According to “Emperor Penguin” on National Geographic online, the female penguin makes this journey for herself and the baby. After she returns and feeds her young, the male penguin then does the same for himself to prevent starvation after fulfilling his two-month babysitting responsibilities. This is a partnership between a male and female penguin while caring for their young (Some of us complain about going to the grocery store a couple of miles away).
Regardless of the fact they have a baby together, these penguins exhibit extraordinary dedication and courage. It comes natural to them. These acts exemplify the mentality of, ‘putting your head down and getting to work.’ I am constantly amazed and reminded of why they are such admirable birds, though flightless.
Maybe the reason I kept looking at the penguin on my sweater was the hope of seeing it sport a time traveling helmet. If two slacker-rocker-dimwits from the ’80s used a phone booth…
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”