Hi, I’m Drew. Want to know more about me? Hope on over to the beautiful city of Lafayette, Indiana, and tag along with me for a typical day in my wonderfully ordinary life.
5:00am. It’s still dark and quiet, and I’m already a mile or two into my daily run. Since I was a 6th grader on the middle school cross country team, running has been one of the most consistent outlets for me to nurture my mental and physical health. Whether I’m training for my next marathon or just staying in good enough shape to justify my questionable food consumption habits, running is the happy place where I feel most connected to my own body and my local surroundings.
7:30am. Welcome to Jefferson High School, home of the Bronchos and roughly 2,300 of my teenage neighbors. I’m putting the finishing touches on my lesson plans for the day, gearing up for the 11th grade English and Developmental Reading classes that will soon be walking into my classroom. It’s a privilege to get to know these kids, learn their stories, and help them along toward the realization of their full potential. I’m privileged to work in a great department in a great school in a great community.
12:30pm. It’s lunchtime, and I’m hunkering down for 30 minutes of an introvert’s paradise with my sandwich, my yogurt, and whatever book I happen to be reading at the time. I wish I had more time to spend with my nose in a book, but I squeeze it into the nooks and crannies wherever I can. A small sampling of my favorite authors, writers, and poets include David Foster Wallace, Sylvia Plath, Langston Hughes, and Kurt Vonnegut. But I’m always eager to be introduced to one of the countless gifted writers out whose work I’ve yet to discover.
5:30pm. Few places in my life are as sacred as the family dinner table. Across from me is my inspiring and resilient wife Elizabeth, to whom I’ve been married since a snowy day in March of 2008, and who has been a wonderful companion through life’s numerous twists and turns. Around us are the four precious children who call me “Dad” and fill my life with indescribable joy and light. No ambition in my life can compare to my desire to give these young souls all the love and support they deserve.
7:00pm. We’re off to the baseball field. Or the soccer field. Or the basketball court. With four growing kids actively involved in their own ventures, we seem to be running constantly from one game or practice to the next. But we love it. And I’ve even been known on occasion to assume the role of Coach and pretend that I know what I’m doing.
9:00pm. If I’m lucky and I still have some energy left, it’s time to write. On any given day, you’ll probably find me writing about my spiritual journey (I’m a former evangelical pastor in search of a more expansive and inclusive faith), current cultural conversations (I’m one of the very few people on the internet with strong opinions), or a creative story that interests me (I’m a 4w5 with grandiose delusions of being a fiction writer someday). Perhaps some of those writing projects will make it onto this site. I apologize in advance if they do.
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