Basically, I’m a Watcher


Today’s post might involve an overly-specific reference unknown to you. But an invitation to learn the Buffyverse! You won’t regret it.

Yesterday, I wrote this short piece about how I regularly have the occasion to marvel at my former students. I’ve known some of them as long as 11 whole years, and they have become experts in so many areas of study and life. I wrote,

In a variety of contexts, over the last 11 years, I have been privileged to build community with and among college students. And among all the gifts of that, this is one of my very favorite aspects:

I have watched people grow from being teenagers to becoming legit experts concerning so many things.

In a combination of academic study, vocational work, and life experience, these folks I know are now experts in so many different areas. I learn a lot from them. Regularly, I bring my own curiosity questions to them. Occasionally, I facilitate information between them: “Oh, I know someone who would know that. I’ll ask!”

I love this.

I do love it!

In response to this piece, one of the people I’ve known the longest asked me yesterday, “What would you say you’re an expert in?”

I pondered that and said things like,

Community formation,
Development of people,
Development of relationships,

Then, later in the conversation, knowing she would get the reference, I said, “Basically, I’m a Watcher.”

She said, “YES! OMG, you so are.”

And I laughed. I loved her big reaction to this.

Because honestly, I think I kind of am. Demons and vampires aside (though are they?) what I do on a daily basis happens to look a whole heck of a lot like Rupert Giles — Watcher to Buffy Summers and the whole “Scooby Gang” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And you all,
This. Is. The. Best. Calling.

Renee Roederer, The Watcher


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