English Majors Go To Radio To Play

Sr. Wantabee was listening to Garrison Keeler Saturday evening as she got ready for the family dinner. He is quite famous here in the midwest for his love of Lake Woebegone and the loving way he pokes fun at Lutherans. He did a portion of of his program where he listed a huge list of complicated words like “exhaustion,” and then the sound man would make a sound like the word. He must have listed at least 15 words, the majority of which I knew but would have been challenged to match with a sound. As a member of the “listening audience” I was thoroughly entertained. Then he said in his rambly sort of way, some comment that ended with something like , “radio, that’s where English majors go to play!” Aplause, aplause, aplause!!!

Sr. Wantabee reflected on the cleverness of the statement. People who love language and putting it together, can “play” with language on radio. Great. She wondered, where do theologians go to “play?” Where do we go to let down our hair, laugh at ourselves, and just have fun? She did not like the feeling of being so serious. Certainly she had heard jokes about God laughing…after all he made me! or the beloved picture of Christ holding the children and refusing the disciples seriousness. Surely he must have been a fun person for people do just follow seriousness, dry boring sermons, rules, rules, rules. No, theologians must play and have fun, but where?

2 Responses to English Majors Go To Radio To Play

  1. Ellen says:

    I was listening, too!

    Anywhere – theologians can play anywhere because God created the WORLD!!!!!! : )

    • srwantabee says:

      When I think of play, I think of laughter and fun. Teaching for me is playing with the world of ideas. I love ESL and playing with language to create understanding. God created a wonderful world and yet there is so much sadness in death and pain and what humanity does to each other that often I cry rather than laugh. And then I remember that God is walking with us and somehow I feel better. Thanks.

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