Audra Krell

On Purpose

A Cell By Any Other Name


What is it in us that wants to rewrite history? I suspect some of it is money driven.

In my teen and early adult years, I was a bit of a hoarder. I was hoarding before hoarding was cool. I saved my college text books. All of them. They were heavy and hard to lug around. In the fall, my mom drove my textbooks down from storage in Colorado. Our oldest son Keegan is taking an Africana Studies class this semester and needed a book called Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl. Can you imagine my joy when I pulled out that old book and gleefully presented it to my son? Over the top I tell you. Me and the Mister were gonna save $17.46 on a text book, clearly paying for all those years of carting the books back and forth between AZ and CO.

But just like that it was over. My book, wasn’t the right edition and was therefore not allowed to be used. The authors even added 140 pages to my edition. What? Slavery in the 1800’s has changed so much in the past 20 years that a third of the book was added? Well I’ll be. I had no idea history was so different. Makes me wonder what all I don’t know.

Now there is the matter of me going back to school for nursing. Some of the schools won’t accept my science classes because they say I took them too long ago. Seriously? Biology has changed so much that I need to retake it? Cells don’t divide the same way anymore? Meiosis and Mitosis are thing of the late 1980’s?

I know the picture above looks like a lozenge or a filled in lifesaver candy, but I’m pretty sure a blood cell is still a blood cell.

Well I just can’t wait. Tell me all about how chromosomes and ribosomes and nucleus’ have changed.

Or could you just want me to write another check?

I’ll let you know after I take the classes. You should probably hold your breath.

History is apparently not what we thought it was.

Even so, I shall look with joy to the future.


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10 thoughts on “A Cell By Any Other Name

  1. nwhannas on said:

    Yeah…it’s kind of a racket. I finally let my Certification lapsed after the last 12 years of paying for something that I no longer used. It’s silly to me that one must pay for any sort of license or certification if one is not currently employed.

    Nevertheless, I shall write that check with a smile should I need to recertify. And, like you, I’m sure I have dozens of continuing education credits to make up for all of those old classes that certainly don’t mean anything anymore. 🙂

  2. My mom has books from the 1800’s and early 1900’s… funny how different the version of history was then than it is now… You can change the words, but the condition of the fallen human heart is the same… fallen. I too will keep my eye on the prize and may we all run the good race set before us…

    You know I just love some good ole’ fashioned sarcasm… Ahhh, my heart feels better now… Thanks!

  3. Oh my gosh, I can so relate. Yes, you’ve nailed it. I have learned that they do publish new editions exactly for that reason, to make money. Pitiful. Well, it does make me glad I gave up my packrat ways. 🙂 I no longer have college textbooks. Haha. Very best you you in school.

  4. Great post! Good luck with your classes. 🙂

  5. Ginger Wade on said:

    Haha! I canNOT believe you still have those books, and the biology just cracks me up!

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