I don’t know how to start this letter so I figure I’ll just jump right in. It was no surprise when I got the news of your passing. It made me feel more emptiness than sadness–like a part of me disappeared. You and I have had an incredible bond over the last five years and I am grateful for it everyday. Every Sunday during college, like clockwork, I would call you while I did laundry in the morning. I always knew I was too late if Mr. Trent already arrived after church, but even a few minutes on the phone went a long way. When I missed a Sunday, you would always tell me how I forgot. But while I should have been feeling guilt about missing those days, knowing you looked forward to these conversations as much as I did brought me a sense of comfort that I needed during those years where I often felt lost.
I know that these frequent calls disappeared in the last year when I went back abroad and especially in these last six months since I have been unemployed. I felt embarrassed and I didn’t want to call you to let you know how all my plans had fallen apart from what I’d imagined. However, the few times we spoke over the last few months let me know that I should have just called anyway because you just wanted to hear my voice. Thankfully, I was given that last opportunity a few weeks ago when we visited. We got to catch up on everything, which was really a whole lot of nothing on both of our ends, but we laughed and laughed like we always did. I told you that the next time you hear from me, I will have a job and I will not call you without good news. Unfortunately, that phone call never came because I thought we had more time, but I can’t dwell on that. Instead, I choose to remember you by the small life lessons you may or may not know have impacted me:
Always keep your own money.
Always pair your earrings with a necklace.
Always dress for company.
Always carry lipstick (even if it’s the only thing in your purse).
Obviously you taught me more things than this, but these were things you always told me. I am going to miss you incessantly asking me if I had a boyfriend yet even though you said marriage was “just alright;” I am going to miss you trying to convert me into a Thaddeus Matthews fan and trying to get me to try Morgan David wine; but most importantly, I am going to miss our talks, laughing about everything and nothing every Sunday morning. I am glad we had this tradition because this is what I can look back on along with the childhood memories I had in your house on Trigg. I don’t know what happens now, but I know you’ll never really be gone. You spent 97 years on this Earth and I was lucky to spend 23 of them with you. So here’s to one last Sunday chat–I hope you had a wonderful day with Granddad. I love you ❤
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I cannot believe it is already the end of January, but I am looking forward to February so I guess part of me was waiting for it to be over. Though this may not be of interest to anyone, I felt I would share some of my ‘favorites’ from the month.
Favorite activity: seeing the KAWS exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Though this exhibit ended last weekend, I think this museum is pretty interesting and worth checking out. There is a ton of space inside for cool pictures and there is a lot of parking. The design in the building, as linked above in my previous post, is also really cool! Not to mention, the museum offers a student discount and is half off on Wednesdays. I am interested to see what exhibitions will be on this year.
I went here with my friend Ilse to celebrate her completion of flight attendant training. Besides the fact that free parking is a huge plus for me, especially as you ease into downtown, it is such a cool atmosphere. It definitely has more of a lounge feel than a bar. We went on a Monday night so obviously there were not many people there, but the drinks were great and I would love to see how it is on weekends. Will definitely be returning. Continue reading “January Favorites”→
After nearly two months of winter break (considering I didn’t have finals), I started my spring internship with Southwest Airlines this week! On Monday, we had orientation and it was unlike any orientation I have attended before. Of course, we did go through a lot of general and company information, but the order of events really kept us alert. We played games, watched a hilarious video of the history of Southwest and we were able to spend time with our supervisors to get acclimated before the first “real day” of work. Before–and since–I started my internship, I have received a series of questions from friends and family about the specifics, so I figured that I should dedicate this post to answering those questions: Continue reading “Welcome Aboard!”→
Hey, guys! I hope those of you who had the luxury of a winter break thoroughly enjoyed it. As the new year has begun and we are slowly but surely getting back into the daily routine, I thought I would provide another art post.
In the midst of the most stressful weeks I’ve ever endured academically, it was a particularly meaningful week for me. This week, I had my final dance performance at SC and as a college student overall. When my friend Alex told me he had an idea to start a small, lowkey dance project (also known as Lipstick Mafia) this semester with some of my old teammates, I was extremely excited! I never realized how much I missed dancing until that first practice. Having our last performance at danSCollab this past Thursday was such a bittersweet moment. We had the opportunity to perform for Freshman Danceoff the night before which really made the experience come full circle, despite not participating in Danceoff during my freshman year. I loved being back on stage and performing for an audience, but I am more importantly going to miss being part of a team with people who really shaped my college experience and who I am overall. Continue reading “Curtain Call”→
Hello! It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted, but that was due to a combination of not having much to discuss and also already being swamped with work at school. I started my last first day of college on August 24th and it was weird to think that would be my last beginning of the year. We’re only moving into the third week, but even that’s kind of unbelievable. Awesome, awesome things have been happening so far, however. I joined the writing staff for the university newspaper, Daily Trojan, as a columnist for the Lifestyle section and a blogger for “The DeeTs” section. I had my first article posted this past Tuesday followed by another article the next day (yes, those are links to my articles)! It was really exciting and from what my schedule looks like, it appears I will have a new article just about every week. 🙂 I am very ecstatic to take this on this semester and get better at the one thing I enjoy doing frequently. Continue reading “The Beginning of Last Firsts”→