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I’ve been teaching Introduction to the Old Testament and Introduction to the New Testament at Pitt Community College on weekends for several years now. For the most part, it’s been a very good experience. Every once in a while I hit a glitch.

This semester was a glitch. The week before classes I had seven students registered for the Old Testament class. The day before classes it had dropped to four. The chairman of my department was out of the country . She wasn’t there to make the decision of whether to offer the class or not. (She wouldn’t normally offer the class with just four.) The person covering for her had the flu. On down the line it went. It was finally decided to offer the course with four.

The first night one student showed up (one half our late). I went home and called the other three students. The next morning I had two students. The following week, the first student had been dropped. A third student said he hadn’t been notified that his financial aid had gone through. Neither the first or third student showed up the second weekend.

The conclusion of the matter is that I’m down to one student. He better come to class prepared. He usually does and he is pretty bright. However, this morning he didn’t show up. He had an emergency in Raleigh. He emailed my PCC email account. I don’t normally have access to it on Saturday mornings. It’s a process. Hopefully, it won’t happen again, but if it does maybe he can give me a call instead of an email.

For the past week I’ve been down with something. My wife tells me it could be the flu. It’s mostly been chest congestion and coughing. I did have a period with fever and aches, but that didn’t last for long. I’ve just been lacking energy for a week now.

I’m hoping to get back to normal soon. The cough lingers. I’m off the medicine now (for the most part). I really hate feeling badly.