I’m a college professor and you aren’t. That means I’m a lot smarter than you are and I do really important things with my time. And I can honestly say that all of my colleagues are just as smart and important as I am. That’s why we paid an outside speaker to come to our university last week to give a lecture called “Gender Differences in Sleep Disruption among Retail Food Workers". No, I’m not making this up. And, no, I didn’t attend the lecture. I was afraid it would be so riveting that I wouldn’t sleep for days – even though I’m not a retail food worker.
Not all that we do here in the university is in the realm of high-level scientific research. We do things in the community, which shows that “hope” and “change” are not just carried out on the national level. Two days after discussing the monumental scientific breakthroughs in gender differences in sleep disruption among retail food workers our university sponsored a far more important event: we sent students to the Hillcrest Public Housing Community to host a Fall Community Garden Launch.
Lots of people were involved in this one. The College of Arts and Sciences, the Campus Democrats, the ECO Club, and even a campus Christian group. Most importantly, two prominent local chefs were there to demonstrate how to use food from a so-called “progressive garden.”
One expert provided herbs and demonstrated how to grow and cook with herbs from the “progressive garden.” Things became officially progressive when an expert discussed tending pesticide-free gardens. One resident was there to cook collards for participants and another donated corn bread. Collards, corn bread, and roasted vegetables were all on the menu and given out free of charge. There hasn’t been so much community since Jesus broke the bread and fed the masses.
That’s why the “progressive garden” day was held on October 24, which is also National “Make a Difference Day.” And that’s why I’m so angry that I wasn’t invited. And, so, I’m declaring this Halloween, the day after my birthday, to be “National Make a Bigger Difference Day.” And I’m going back to the Hillcrest Public Housing Community to celebrate. I’m even going to bring refreshments. They’ll be 100% organic and progressive to boot.
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