Well, today's post title is inspired by one of my favorite books- Tuesdays with Morrie. I titled it as such, not that I think I'm nearly as amazing as Morrie, but because today was very insightful in much the same way that the book was for me when I read it.
Let's first begin with yesterday, though. I woke up way earlier than I wanted to considering the state I was in when I went to bed Sunday night, but my body woke me up and there was no falling back to sleep! So, I got up and called my parents and then talked to Kristina and Kelly on Skype as it was still my birthday back in the States at this point! I had so much fun talking to X and Kels! So, I realized that X is amazing and has a Mac which therefore means she has a webcam installed in her computer....so I make her turn it on sometimes. Well, I took pics of them as I was seeing them on my computer! It was so weird to see them for the first time! It's the first time I've seen someone live from back at home since
I left! I also got a tour of their apartment via the webcam which was pretty amazing! I can't wait to see it in person for the first time. Then, last night Dacil made dinner for Berrak and myself and it was once again DELICIOUS!!! After dinner, quite a few interesting things happened...one of which I'm very proud.
I went after dinner to check the mail and felt like a small child on Christmas. I walked down to find a small envelope, a postcard and a package slip in our mailbox...all for me! The envelope ended up being an installment of the Concord which Dr. B sent to me and it felt so good to sit down and read it...to feel at least a little bit re-connected to BU even if in the smallest way possible! The postcard was a picture of Dr. B holding a sign that says, "Katie"...I was more than a little confused, but turned it over to see that it was card 3 of 3....still no sign of card 1 or 2 as of today...maybe tomorrow! The package had to wait until this morning to be picked up...more on that in a bit.
The part of last night that I am most proud of is this.....I stood up for myself against someone that sometimes makes me feel as though I'm in the wrong when I know that I'm not.
I said to her last night: I'm not making excuses. There are things in life that have to be done and the other stuff needs to hold off until that's done. For example, no, I can't stay here another semester because I want to go home and graduate in May. No, I not go out and party every night and I do not stay up until 6 am every night and then sleep until 4 in the afternoon. Yes, I go to every one of my lectures and tutorials. Yes, I do my reading assignments as they are assigned. yes, I am trying to keep my head above water with my school work. This may be different for me and you because you value going out and having a social life more. But for me, getting high distinctions (A's) and doing well in school is more important than always getting drunk and staying up way too late and then completely dismissing this thing called class. I'm sorry if we have different lifestyles and make different choices, but that's just the way it is. Your way works for you and my way works for me. Let it be at that." (or something to a similar effect)
It felt SO GOOD to just say it...to stop holding back what I've wanted to say to her SO BADLY! Whew, I feel so much better. I'm going to defend myself.
So, then I did some homework and went to bed pretty late. I woke up this morning to run downstairs and see who the package was from! As soon as I saw it and the pretty packaging I knew it could only be from one person- Dr. Beeny. I opened it up to find a little postcard/picture thing on the top the wrapped gift. On the front were 4 of the 5 Beeny's holding signs that said "Happy 21st Birthday Katie" and they all had birthday hats on..too cute! Then on the back side she told me that my birthday treat was inspired by Matthew:
Dr. B: Matthew, what should we get Ms. Katie for her birthday?
Matthew: A mirror
DB: Do you think a mirror might break in the mail?
MB: Yeah, let's get her girl clothes.
DB: Girl clothes? Like what?
So, today in the mail I received the softest pair of pajamas that I have ever felt in my entire life...THANK YOU, Matthew Beeny!
After I got my package, I headed to my one hour lecture and there, Spring Break officially ended...BOO. After my lecture, I met Theresa at the train station and we went down into the city for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. This where I was so reminded of Tuesdays with Morrie. We sat outside at our table and just talked about how weird it is to be coming near the end of our time here....it's so sad and weird. We discussed how much has changed for both of us in our time here.....how before my time here, I never would have stood up to Dacil last night. How before my time here, I was not able to handle a lot of things on my own, but have been forced to do that here and have learned a lot about myself because of it!
Afterward, we came back and went to the park to shoot some hoops and then she came to copy some of my pictures off my computer for the yearbook that she is helping to make for the exchange students! Then, she left, I cooked dinner for myself and then took a nap. Now, here I am, working on homework and typing this up at the same time! The rest of the week is full of class and homework. This weekend is Berrak's last weekend of living here so we will be helping her pack and move...we'll also be spending the entire day together on Saturday. We're getting coffee in the morning, getting lunch in the city, going to the immigration museum, coming back and making dinner and then watching movies and hanging out that night. It will be so sad to see her move out on Sunday, but luckily, she's only moving across town and we'll still be able to see each other once a week hopefully!
Until next time,
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