your one-way flight to texas is on may 11th. the next 11 days are going to fly. but today, you won’t think about that. instead you’ll treat april 30th like any other normal day.
while you are familiar with the color lilac, you’ve never smelled it. and you become obsessed. the smell is nothing like lavender, which you associate together because of the color. instead, lilac is something that smells so light and refreshing that you spend the rest of the day with your nose buried in this bunch.
hmmm… what is all that for?
you do love your students. they are a wonderful bunch and you wish them the best because you aren’t sure if you’ll be their assistant next year.
back at the foyer. making yearbooks is hard work. getting people to fill out forms with their addresses, names, numbers, etc. is tough. you pester people constantly to get them to spend a few minutes to write. they may hate you… but they will love you in the end when they see the finished book! you’ve also secretly razed down a forest printing these… shh.
hand binding 40 of these is work. work requires a break.
you’re not a smoker, so that leaves only one type of break:
however, the best meals have always been the ones where you and a friend combine fridges and make a meal based on whatever is in there.
“i’ve got mustard!”
“ohhhh i’ve got some slices of ham somewhere there too”
“and i went to cora and got some cheese today!”
“i’ve got half a baguette leftover from breakfast somewhere in my room” (everybody always has half a baguette somewhere.)
“oh! i think i still have some of that tapenade from a few weeks ago, it’s real good and you have got to try it.”
etc. and then you just pile all the goods on the table and dig in, eating whatever is there and discovering new combinations.
after dinner, you grab your purse and head out with your friends to go to a concert.
good conversations. happy moments. lots of silly photos. a perfect way to finish off your year as a teaching assistant.
and the other nice thing about france is being able to stand around and drink alcohol in public spaces. so refreshing, because you have to hide that stuff with a koozie in texas. here it’s just normal and a part of life.
night falls. tomorrow – off to paris, then beauvais, and then, portugal.