The mentoring ghost.Posted: November 6, 2010
I’ve got an old Lou Reed CD that I’m enjoying called The Blue Mask. On it is a song that is a tribute to a poet who was his mentor. The song implies that upon passing, the mentor had become a ghost in Reed’s home.
Thinking About A Ghost I’ve Got No Room To Host.
I’ve never been much on thinking about ghosts and such, but the thought of Reed’s mentor occupying “a spare room” in his house got me to thinking about who might occupy a spare room in my house.
Shortly after I had that thought I realized there really isn’t a spare room in el rancho Omawarisan. The empty bedroom is filled with various brass wind instruments, CD’s and video games. My mentors will have to spend eternity elsewhere and maybe drop me a note from time to time if they’ve got something to say.
I wondered about what mentors could move in if we made room, but I decided that was kind of depressing. I’d rather just keep my mentors where I can pick up the phone and contact them. The only logical place to take this whole idea was to figure out how I would handle the role of ghost mentor in the spare bedroom.
I Have Some Terms
I came up with a few principles I think would be important.
- No wailing. If, as a ghost, I choose to move in to the spare bedroom of my mentee’s home I will communicate much more effectively than lame ghosts who wail. Wailing has been done to death by other ghosts. I’m sure I can do better.
- Reasonable hours.
Most ghosts supposedly are out at night. While I might go out at night to catch a show (seriously, why wouldn’t I? No need for tickets) my ghost mentoring activities will be strictly during business hours. I could probably be coaxed into mentoring during off hours upon request, but as far as roaming the halls and mentoring at night, absolutely not. Who knows what is going on in the house then?
- I reserve the right to lose my mentee’s CDs or delete digital music files. Music is important to me. Still, in this day and age, I believe it is an art form under attack. Should my mentee delve into artists and forms of music that nauseate me, I will act decisively. I am not spending my afterlife listening to Madonna , regretting that I didn’t spend more time instilling an appreciation of talent.
- No storage or litter boxes in my room. Is it too much to ask for a little respect for my space after years of mentoring? I think not, and I’m a mentor, so obviously I know a thing or two about how things should be. I’ll certainly go on vacation when guests use the spare room. I will not be a discourteous ghost mentor – it won’t be my house after all. Having that courtesy repaid by not having cats relieving themselves where I’m trying to have an afterlife would be nice.
- I will be strictly a warm weather ghost mentor. I’m starting a program of convincing any one I mentor to move somewhere oceanfront in southern Florida. Whichever one acts on that guidance will be the one I move in with. The others will get visits between summer months only.
I’m certain that as I put more time into this important matter, I will come up with more thoughts on what how I might handle being a ghost/mentor. These are pretty much the most important ones, given that I thought of them first.
I thought it was important to get those ideas out so people knew I was thinking ahead. I don’t want you all to think I spend all my time thinking about silly things.