Posted November 17, 2008on:
A friend at work asked me to go for coffee this afternoon. We ended up hanging out at the coffee shop for a couple of hours and then decided to go have pizza for dinner. Yes! I played hooky this afternoon and it felt great. It occurred to me that this isn’t a bad thing to do if you only indulge occasionally. Really, it was great to sit and talk about different things that are going on in our lives and generally catch up. I will really miss hanging out with her…and we didn’t do this nearly often enough. Guess I’ll just be coming back to visit sometimes. She really has been a true friend and I’m going to miss that. It’s been such a long time since I’ve felt that cared for from anyone outside of my family. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a friendship that has felt this equal…with giving and receiving.
As I walk around the library and talk to students who I see frequently, I’m starting to feel a more sad about leaving. Don’t misunderstand…I have no intention of changing my mind and never did once I accepted the offer. But there are students who I’ve gotten to know a bit and will miss. There are a few who seek me out specifically when they need help. It’s a good feeling.
I’ve started packing up my office and it’s already starting to feel and look like an impersonal cubicle. It’s amazing how much stuff has migrated here over the past 15 months. Good thing I’m starting the process now. My office might take me longer than my apartment!