C-side swiper's name spree II
Ramesh C. Reddy
For those of you who missed last month's edition of the paper, you missed my nicknames and the reasons behind them but you can know these new names and the reasons behind them:
Fundy- Name given to me because I wrote a column from an Evangelical Christian perspective.
Brutus- Name given to me by my older brother when we were young, because I was chubby and we would play Popeye with my younger brother.
My cub - Name given to me by my mom affectionately.
Mr. Clean - Name given to me by students when my head was so shiny.
Hsemar - How I was addressed by my brothers when my name was pronounced backward.
Rummy - My younger brother addressed me that way during Thanksgiving break.
Super Swiper - Name given to me by a student at C-side.
Don't be a Charlie Brown in relationships
The other day I saw the musical, “You’re a good man Charlie Brown”, performed at Duquesne University by the Spotlight Musical Theatre Group. The script touches on several scenes reminiscent of the Peanuts comic strip, created by Charles Schultz. Mr. Schultz died at the same day his last strip appeared in newspapers across the country.
The actors and musicians did a fine job with this production. Show stopping moments included “The Book Report” and “My New Philosophy”.
In “The Book Report”, characters are depicted writing a book report on Peter Rabbit while as “My New Philosophy” featured Sally Brown (portrayed by Jessyka Harper) who picks up a new philosophy every time someone says something.
With the play as background, my thoughts drift towards what ‘Peanuts’ says about human interaction. Charlie Brown spends so much effort on a harmful relationship with Lucy. When he’s not dealing with Lucy, he dreams about the Little Red Haired Girl, whose name he does not even know. Charlie Brown never gets it that Peppermint Patty is the girl who really likes him.
In my experience there are times that I let myself get trapped in harmful relationships or I focus my thoughts on unrealistic dreams and do not see the people that God has put in my life who truly love me.
John 10:10 says, “I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” We do not need to continue in the ruts we are in. We don’t have to continue our Charlie Brown-ish life and let the Lucy’s that surround us pull the football away, when Jesus is offering so much more than we can dream.
The words to a song from the Taize community comes to my mind with the lyrics, “Our darkness is never darkness in your sight: the deepest night is clear as the daylight.”
Volume I, Issue IV