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Reflection from September 15th, 2008 @ Age 27

RE:  THE SOCIOLOGICAL ROLE OF ACCEPTING THOSE WHO ARE “DIFFERENT” — WHY IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

I got off work today because we had nasty wind storms yesterday and the power has been out now at home and at work for over 24 hours.  They said it could take up to a week before they get the power going again.  It’s very strange!  It was so exciting to get the day off work though!

So I went to Denison today and do you know who I saw?  Dr. Rumino!  I think I really gave him a surprise as I did not tell him I was coming, but we had a lovely conversation and it was so dear and so lovely to see him again.  He surely remembered me; he said I was always one of his favorites and he remembered that I used to have my tongue pierced and where I sat in his classroom at the back to the side.  I said, “I was your favorite even though I came in late to class almost every day?”  And do you know what he said?  He said I came in late in a respectful way and that he understood that I had a lot on my plate and that I was his favorite nonetheless.  He said I have the same mannerisms as always (whatever that means!) and that I always was a free soul.  I laughed and told him they’re trying to take it from me in the process of my becoming a lawyer and that I’m working hard to not let that happen.  Anyways, it was so wonderful and lovely to see him again and it made my heart ache for the girl I once was nine long years ago.  I sure do love that man.

Other than that I have been putting studying aside a bit and reading through my journals in paper.  It’s been going very fast and it’s almost addictive—once I start, I just don’t want to stop.  I think it’s going to be a really great memoir depicting a young woman growing up in American society with the handicap of mental illness on her side.  I don’t know if I will get anyone to publish the whole mess, but I sure am longing so.  I was at the bookstore today looking at all those goddamn books and if all those people can do it, then surely I can as well!  I’ve always been capable of quite more than I ever originally had hoped for and I don’t think that this experience will be any different.  It’s just who I am.  Free spirit and all.