We’re super excited to introduce you to a new member of the Caesura Letters entourage: Ryan Lukings brings a diverse background, a passion for learning, and a terrific sense of humour to the seismic and merciless task of weekly of …
We’re super excited to introduce you to a new member of the Caesura Letters entourage: Ryan Lukings brings a diverse background, a passion for learning, and a terrific sense of humour to the seismic and merciless task of weekly of turning a pile of draft letters into something comprehensible by humans.
We asked him to write a up a little piece about himself, by way of introduction. As you’ll be able to tell, he fits right in.
Long and Winding Road
by Ryan Lukings
After graduating from high school with high marks in math and fairly average marks in English, I did what any ambitious young man would have done, went to work for two years at meaningless, mind-numbing jobs. There is nothing like refilling printer toner cartridges and washing rental equipment to really help someone sort out their life. What this period in my life lacked in practical life experience, it made up for in time to read good books.
I followed a girl to Wilfrid Laurier University and decided to study English literature and history. At the time, Laurier had about five-thousand students. To a guy that had gotten used to anonymity, knowing everyone in my program was a big problem. The following year I transferred to the University of Guelph where I could revel in the Birkenstock wearing, dreadlock sporting, unshorn body hair community. I graduated from there with Honours.
I married that girl from Laurier while I was at the University of Guelph. She became a teacher while I was finishing up my education. When I had my diploma in hand I suddenly had to decide what to do with it. We were looking for an adventure and started looking at the other side of the planet. Within 4 hours of submitting an application, we had signed up to go to Busan, South Korea to teach English. Within 3 weeks of that, we were standing in the airport.
We spent a year in Korea teaching, but mostly learning about ourselves and the world around us.
When we decided to come home, I applied to 3 teachers colleges, and was rejected by all of them. But, all 3 put me on the waiting lists just in case a spot opened up. Althouse College at Western University was the first to call me back. (The others called me too but they were too late.) So, we ended up moving to London.
It was supposed to be a year long stop over before we moved back to the Guelph area. But, as life happens, my wife got a permanent job, we bought a house, we had two kids and moving away became more difficult.
After graduating teachers college I spent around 7 years teaching high school English. I didn’t land a permanent position during that time (as most B.Ed. holders will sympathize with) and finally became disillusioned…or tired of sending out resumes…or tired of doing interviews…or tired of learning the newest educational jargon only to forget it the next year for the new batch…or…maybe a combination of all of them.
I decided to stay at home with my two boys, Eliott and Holden, and see what else life has to offer. I’ve been raising them full time for the past two years and loving (almost) every moment.
Somewhere along the way there I met James. He asked me if I would like to edit the Caesura Letters and here we are.
Art, history, literature, and the dissection, deconstruction, and destruction of all of them have always fascinated me. It is what drew me to teaching in the first place. Little did I know what a small part of teaching those things would be. (I take a daily dose of sour grapes.) Caesura Letters has allowed me to explore those avenues again.