Forgive me for two meme’s within a week. It’s the last one for a while I promise! This one was fun for me… if you do it please let me know. I so enjoyed reading the year in review ones.
25 years ago: I was one. In Miami. Remember nada. But I heard it was a great year 🙂
20 years ago: I was 6 and in first grade. Alberto, the kid who sat next to me spilled glue all over my hand and then told the teacher I was playing with glue. I had to sit in time out. It sounds silly but when I see movies with people being framed I feel the frustration I felt then. Later Alberto, in a sincere attempt at apology stole a deer pencil sharpener from the “treasure box” for me. Yes, later the sharpener was discovered in my desk… *sigh*
15 Years ago: I was 11. Still in Miami, last year of elementary school at my school was 6th grade. Very grateful that these years were finally ending. I still vividly remember thinking… I’m in 6th grade. I’m halfway done. The span of time until graduation seemed painfully long.
10 Years ago: 16, My “thing” was writing poetry. I felt so deep and inspired all the time. My greatest inspirations I can still vividly remember were in accounting class. It is when your mind is most empty of all thought that you tap into your greatest creativity after all 🙂 Around this age I was at my most spiritual. I yearn for that. Insh’allah.
5 years ago: I was 21. I just finished my masters filled with wonderful educational theories ready to start my first year teaching. I still remember the second day of school. Me and these 27 children in a dinky portable. I still remember three children jumping on their desks…. paper airplanes flying… spitballs landing… I remember standing admist the chaos…helpless…. mentally calculating how quickly I could pack up my things and turn in my resignation as I ran out the door! Luckily my mother talked me down, gave me some old fashioned advice from her tried and true methods (she’s a teacher also). I still remember how “Michelle Pfieffer” from “Dangerous Minds” I felt walking in on day 3…. luckily my mom’s advice worked… day 3 onwards I had no problems with them. alhamdullilah.
3 years ago: I was 23. Still a newlywed in a cozy two bedroom apartment. Falling in love with the snow and two weeks later completely OVER IT. Saddened by the absolutely wretched job market for teachers, and with way too much free time, creating oodles of scrapbooks. At this time we didnt know how long we’d be in Michigan.. the wide expanse depressed me…. maybe if I knew it was only to be about a year… I’d have reveled in being a housewife 🙂
1 year ago: I was 25. Started law school part-time (which meant FOUR classes) and taught the most amazing bunch of 2nd graders that ever existed. Bought a house that we walked into and immediately offered on because it was everything we wanted.
This year: I turned 26 in September. I’m a full time student at law school. I feel this is the first year that I’m learning more about who I am and “finding me”. I dont know how to explain that… but the process has been long and I’m glad self understanding is closer at hand. Know thyself and thou shall know the world.
Yesterday: Lunch at cheesecake factory followed by a very “Larry David” moment from “Curb Your Enthusiasm (fabulous show btw which we watched that night). Went grocery shopping with Kashif which began as groceries for some beef leu mein…. but turned into a “buy one get one free” frenzy as brownies, baked lays, and sip up’s filled the cart. It was a meal fit for a five year old’s fantasies! :).
Today: Slept in… the lovely sort of sleeping in when you know there’s nothing pressing you ought to be doing instead… drank lots of chai and did lots of cleaning to start the semester fresh. I believe the physical condition of your home reflects your inner condition. Tried to make it as organized, clean and orderly as possible. Watched desperate housewives and made beef leu mein… yummy if I do say so myself.
Tomorrow: Whenever I give plans for tomorrow I can’t help but remember the saying “If you want to give your Sustainer a good laugh, tell him your plans for the future”… khair… the plan is to start law school. Civil Procedure II, Trademarks and Growth Management here I come!