It was because Kim threw tinsel at me during the faculty meeting.
Which was, because, at the faculty meeting, it was announced that I got tenure.
I wore tinsel in my hair all day on Friday, so that, when people saw me, they would ask, "What's with the tinsel?" And I would reply, "Oh that's tenure tinsel."
I taught my class at 12:30 pm, and my students asked me about the tinsel, and I said, "Six years ago, this university hired me. And when they hired me, they said, 'In six years, we are going to make a decision. Either we'll hire you forever, or we'll fire you.' And today they told me the answer. I got tenure."
And everybody clapped and it was very nice.
But it was bittersweet for I missed all the people that should have been in that room to hear the news.
- My husband.
- My parents.
- My brother. When we were little, we'd set up all our dolls and stuffed animals into a little school room and I would teach them arithmetic.
- The students who had to suffer all the bad lectures I gave until I got good at this job. Anastasia Borok and that awful 1-credit C++ course. Steven Beyer and Emily McKaig and Carolyn Farris and Chris Harvey who, among others, had to muscle through my explanations and re-explanations of pointers in C.
- The people who suffered through graduate school with me.
- My undergraduate advisor, Dr. Sarwar.
Really, they should have been able to hear the news first. It's because of all them that I got tenure today. But I know that they will clap for me a little when they finally do hear that I wore tinsel in my hair on Friday.