Today went well. I sent in all the paperwork to be released from the housing contract with my college. I made $125 in tips at work today. And I got the tattoo I’ve been wanting for ages.
Right now I’m sincerely hoping for the paperwork to be approved quickly so that I may know what is happening in the near future with my classes and schedule. I am keeping my hopes high because its hard to say no to a student who’s backing out of the housing agreement because of financial difficulties. I still wish I could have stayed in the dorms, but I’m trying to get psyched up about taking the train and coming home everyday. It won’t be so bad. I’m still a bit upset, wish it would’ve worked out, but its okay.
Work was pretty great. I saw two customers today that I absolutely love. One was a regular who comes in and it was the first time I was their server, I was so happy. One time she gave me a present, it was a pendant — and it wasn’t the gift that moved me so, but it was the fact that we started as just customer and host/server and now we’ve moved to practically adopted daughter/mother. It’s something I never thought I would experience when I began working at the restaurant. It’s one of those things in the day that I just say thank you to. The second was a person I haven’t seen in years but she still remembered me clearly. My middle school teacher came in and was seated in my section — I was so surprised when I saw her, and even more so when she recognized me. I was able to catch up on what’s happened with her in her life and she was able to see how far I’ve gotten. Last I saw of her her husband had just lost the battle to cancer and she had just gotten radiation therapy which caused her to lose her hair. And today, I saw her have a beautiful head of hair, a smile, and the grand statement that she’s happy and retired. I’m ecstatic for her and one day hope I can be in her shoes.
Lastly, for the past four years I’ve been thinking on getting a tattoo design. I didn’t really think it was realistic for the most part, but it was an idea that was constantly looming about in my mind. It finally came to fruition through my friend’s sketch of an idea I had about mixing together a phoenix and a tree of life. His sketch represented my idea alongside a snake in a continuous circle which furthered my idea. Just today I was able to get the artist to redraw a little bit and get it ink’d. It was a painful experience but some things you gotta fight for. And some people may say “years from now you’ll regret it” and — maybe they’re right. But for me, this tattoo reminds me that life goes on, there’s hope around the corner, you’re reborn everyday to experience life again, you have to keep going on. And even if I regret it, the message will be the same, and I’ll still love and appreciate the meaning behind it.
Today was satisfying in the way it hasn’t been for a while.
Posted on Wednesday, 15 August
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