The titular phrase of this post is one that we here at Erskine sometimes say, during those inevitable moments of frustration which are part of life, in a less-than-affectionate tone. I had an experience today, however, which brought a huge grin to my face and caused me to voice that phrase with a far more wonted tone of delight and affection.
This afternoon, you see, I went into the kitchen to make my daily cup of tea—yes, I should have been British—and while I was heating it, I walked over to the vending machine to ascertain the cost of a bottle of water. Three members of the Erskine Maintenance Staff happened to be in the kitchen at the time, and one of these friendly janitors, upon observing my perusal of the vending machine, asked me in a jovial tone whether I wanted to get something. I said I did and that I was about to go to my room to get some change.
In response, he pulled out his wallet and handed me a dollar and twenty-five cents, despite my appreciative but embarrassed insistence that he didn’t need to do that! As he put the money in my hand, he looked at me with a sage twinkle in his eye and said, “Well there are lots of things in life we don’t have to do that we do anyway.” And I couldn’t argue with that. So I got a bottle of water and left Robinson kitchen with a big smile on my face, blessed to be a part of a community that doesn’t extend only to the student body, but rather includes everyone, from the president to the staff. Only at Erskine.