The Morning of September 28, 2016
Around the hour of eight.
- •I had been walking to class the usual route and it's long but the morning's are great practice for the rest of the day.
- •I was walking to class and two men who were groundskeepers were collecting trash bags near the dormitories.
- •I don't make eye contact usually when I'm walking out in public, but one of them decided to.
- •He was portly and had the furrows of a totem pole head and a ponytail a horse might mistake for his own.
- •He caught me off guard and said, "Good morning," and after a brief pause continued with, "You look like you have the whole world under control," or something to that effect.
- •I don't remember the exact phrasing but I then replied, "Good morning" back and the answer "I think so," somewhat with a smile and carried on.
- •I had been carrying my Oxford edition of John Milton's works in one hand and walking with a straight posture and good stride.
- •I wonder if that caught his gaze and made him infer further in an innocent way.Working in a university, you're bound to have that conversation when everyone is practically a student and more or less crossing each other's paths.
- •The night before had me upset because of my roommates yelling and banging on my door on purpose.The more I mention them, the more immortalized they become. They are no more mates than they are room for improvement.
- •I've kept reminding myself that they are insignificant boys without sensibilities. They care for none and God help whatever and whoever they do care about.Two-faced hypocrites who are less than nothing.
- •This morning, even if it felt out of place, made me feel good because I'm doing good. I was grateful for the recognition of that moment.
- •I matter because I do good.