The headmaster of my primary school died this year. Although it was an untimely death, it's quite sobering to realize that most of my teachers would now be retired.
This year there happens to be a lot of anniversaries in my life. First off, my mother died in 2001, so the twentieth anniversary for that has already passed. My eleven months in the Allen Library was twenty years ago. Of course, there is the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, which will be a big deal for all of us, and the memory of which is bound up with my other anniversaries. (It's also disorientating to realize that the undergraduates I serve in the library don't even remember 9/11.)
Remarkably, two big anniversaries will fall on exactly the same day: I started working in UCD Library on the 15th October 2001, and ten years later to the day (by sheer coincidence) I began this blog.
I've been wondering how I can celebrate both these anniversaries-- suggestions welcome. I celebrated ten years in UCD by casually (over a period of weeks) asking my colleagues their favourite chocolate bars, and by bringing in two of each for them, along with other treats. I left them by a list of the things that were happening in the world (and sport, entertainment etc.) at the time I began in UCD. (Someone else copied this latter idea for a similar event, which I took as a compliment.)
This year I was thinking of something more goofy-- like giving a "lecture" on the vice-Presidents of Canada, or something equally obscure. I don't know if I have the audacity for that, though.
I like the idea of celebrating these milestones in some way. I think there should be a lot more ritual and ceremony in our lives.