I’m continuing to discover that it’s the little things that matter most.
Currently, these include:
- Having a third of my students come up to me to hug me as I leave class for the day.
- Eating out by myself and successfully ordering food completely in Thai.
- Working one on one with a student and seeing his concentration as he really tries to take something away from the lesson.
- Getting a ride home from work from a group of Thai teachers–just because they can.
- Getting a ride to work from a student’s parent on the back of his motorbike–again, just because he can.
- Waking up early enough to see the sunrise.
- High fives in class, all day, every day.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Popsicles at lunch break.
- Watching the sunset.
- Being here. Right now.
Continue reading “The Little Things: A List”
I was that college freshman who couldn’t wait for move in day. I couldn’t wait to get out of the house. To leave my family behind and start anew. When my freshman floor mates complained of homesickness, I thought they needed to grow up…isn’t college for meeting new people and experiencing new things? Home is the exact opposite of that, so why would I want to go home? Homesickness was silly in my mind. As a first year college student, I went home over breaks because I had nothing better to do (stay in Morris when everyone else is gone? How boring!), though I didn’t necessarily jump with excitement at the thought of it.
Now, as a senior in college, I look at home differently. I am trying to enjoy the moments at home as best as possible because I don’t know if I’ll be close enough to visit home on a regular basis come this time next year. I may very well be back home for a little while, but I could also be across the country for all I know. Only time will tell. I’m also an over exhausted college student with a work load that would have made my freshman self cringe and home has become a place of comfort and relaxation. Home is a place where sleep can happen and where good food awaits.
I’m thankful to be able to come home to a nice comfortable place in the midst of a busy semester. I’ll be even more thankful when I come back in around three Continue reading “Home”