So, Here’s The Plan

Okay, so I didn’t want to construct a five foot square Scrabble board comprised of the phrase “Merry Christmas” in 34 different languages. When our director, Jeremy Ruane suggested the task, I initially thought it would help our spirits and get us out of the end-of-semester comas we’ve nursed for three weeks.  I soon regretted it, as our entire staff erupted with ideas both brilliant and mad, inspired — and, at the time, seemingly unattainable.

I have to admit it.  I had a poor attitude about the entire “Spirit of the Season” holiday door decorating contest put on by the Loudoun Campus.  I was too tired.  I knew, by dragging myself through this life, that quick inspiration sometimes led to disastrous failure.

But I work with an incredible team, and I discovered this over the last 36 hours.  I saw teamwork at its finest — and felt the spirit of compassion, of giving, and of love — at work when I saw my coworkers working together.  Perhaps without directly mentioning their names, this Herculean task could not have been accomplished without a complete team effort.  Some of us made trips to Target for materials.  Others brought their own decorations, and still others glued, cut, spattered, applied, diced, sliced, printed, and designed their way in what the Loudoun Campus Writing Center hopes is a winning effort.  Regardless of the outcome, my attitude turned from Grinchy to Grateful in a matter of two days.

I’d like to thank Jeremy Ruane, Angela, Tazin, Dora, Aria, and Richard for showing me once again that this world does not revolve around one man’s mindset — which, depending upon the day, can be as up and down as the sun.

The final product?  A scene of the Grinch and Santa Claus battling it out in a winner-takes-all game of Scrabble for the final rights to Christmas.  We hope that our offer to the student body at Northern Virginia Community College expresses our best wishes to the diverse cultures and peoples that grace the halls of its campuses every day.

Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas, Cristmas Mubarak, Malid Majid, et cetera, and to all good night!

(Some snapshots of the final product below)

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4 Responses to So, Here’s The Plan

  1. Jolie Perara says:

    I agree! The holiday door decorating contest has brightened and enlivened the Loudoun Campus.

  2. Anne Lilly says:

    Congratulations to all the writing center staff on your win! What a great door!

  3. Linda Karol says:

    The Writing Center always has creative ideas. Well done!

  4. Dan Jenkins says:

    Thank you once again. Congratulations to the entire Writing Center staff!

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