Good solutions never die

“Hey, Mr. Writer Man.”

Suzi’s a good writer, but I’m generally considered the writer of the house for both personal (like what you’re reading here) and professional reasons.

So when she had a question about the project she was working on, she yelled down to me from our upstairs computer.

I spent 3 1/2 years as a tutor, working about five or six hours a week. It was a lot of fun, and I made a lot of friends. I don’t think it paid much more than minimum wage, but that was enough so I had a little spending money for pizza, gas and … well, more pizza.

I actually didn’t write very much in high school, as we mostly had tests and quizzes that were multiple-choice or only required short answers.

So I wasn’t especially good at writing essays when I got to college, but I had a brilliant English professor named John Cormican who taught me so well, that by the end of my first semester as a freshman, I was invited to work in the college Writing Center.

I spent 3 1/2 years as a tutor, working about five or six hours a week. It was a lot of fun, and I made a lot of friends. I don’t think it paid much more than minimum wage, but that was enough so I had a little spending money for pizza, gas and … well, more pizza.

When we helped students with their essays, it was important that we not just take our pens to what people wrote — although it was a temptation I think we all fell into at some point — but to talk, listen and guide them through the process.

One problem, in particular, arose a lot.

Worked like a charm, as always.

And this time, I didn’t even need to ask.

My work was done.

Suzi said she didn’t want to use the term “silver bullet,” so while I started thinking of a synonym, I asked for the context to make sure I didn’t come up with something that didn’t fit.

She explained that she wanted to say there wasn’t a “silver bullet” or simple solution to a problem …

…. and there it was — “simple solution.”

That old problem of not knowing what to say, and the old solution of asking people what they wanted to say.

Worked like a charm, as always.

And this time, I didn’t even need to ask.

My work was done.

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6 thoughts on “Good solutions never die

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