A ray of sunshine in the dark 

As I have mentioned in my previous post, life has been quite stressful over the last month and a half. While my February and March mood mandalas (borrowed from Boho Berry) have been quite bright, April took a major nose dive (into the blue scheme). So much so that I didn’t even bother finishing its mandala or starting a new one for May. I have been tracking my mood on my phone though and the results are not thrilling.

You might notice a bright spike in the end though. This is the ONLY time I have EVER given myself a 5. It was a very special moment in my life. After several months of planning, I finally got a chance to see my elementary school ESL teacher, who lives in a different state.

When my parents decided to move to America in 1992, I felt like I was being uprooted against my will. While I was generally a very amenable child, this drastic change brought out the rebel in me. I had no say in the matter and saw no reason to live by a new set of rules in a foreign country. I was especially resistant to learning the English language.

And then I met my ESL teacher. Next to my grandmother, she was one of the kindest, most gentle and wonderful people I have ever met. And that holds true to the present day. She was the first ray of sunshine that I saw in this country and she made me want to learn. Over the decades that passed, I have kept the fondest of memories of her in a very special place in my heart.

By some lucky coincidence, we managed to find each other on Facebook a few years ago. Now I will readily admit that I am a very passive Facebook user. I open it once in a blue moon and, as a friend joked, will just “like” something at most. But one way or another we started keeping an eye on each other. We had a couple half-joking exchanges about meeting up sometime, but I didn’t really count on it. And then a couple weeks ago, I suddenly received a message that she is coming to New York! She was going to a wedding and had an hour between her arrival and the beginning of festivities.

We met up in a historical bakery in Little Italy and couldn’t get enough of each other. It has been 26 years since I met her. So many fond memories! One particularly memorable event was how she gave me one of her fancy dresses to use as a princess costume for the school Halloween Parade. Apparently, she remembered it as well.

After a relatively stressful day in my job search, this hour of meeting with her rekindled some of the most positive emotions in my life. As I was leaving to go see a friend, who just gave birth, I almost had tears in my eyes – it was so heartwarming to reflect on the tremendous positive impact she had on my life.

Daily prompt:  Impression

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3 thoughts on “A ray of sunshine in the dark 

  1. Good to hear that you got to see her. Glad you had something good in this time of hardship. It WILL get better. Just got to get through it.

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  2. […] I have written in a couple of recent posts (here, here and here), life has been a bit hectic recently.  I have been feeling like I am having science […]

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