Dear Ma,

Even though it has only been three weeks since you left, it feels like you have been gone for a long time. Home isn’t home if your aren’t here. Something always feels missing. These past three weeks, we’ve missed your presence, not to mention your cooking. Don’t worry. We managed without you… somehow. We cooked, cleaned the house, kept Tamjid well-fed πŸ˜›, and remembered to water the plants (all 10 of ’em).Β  I can’t wait for you to come home. Have a safe journey.

Priyanka ❀ ❀

February 7- My Favorite Part of School

Hmmm… My favorite part of school was probably lunch time where I got to unwind and catch up with friends. Well, in middle school (NYC~6th/7th grade) it was a little different. Although I did enjoy hanging out with friends during lunch time, I also liked bunking it sometimes to spend some quiet time in the special education room where my speech classes were held. I have to write about that one time. Anyway, by the end of my 7th grade school year, my friends eventually became curious about where I went during lunch. And after I told them that I volunteered my time to help out teachers and students in the special education room, they started to take out their time from lunch to help out too ❀ ❀ . I moved to Pennsylvania after that school year. But my friends continued to help out even without me being there πŸ™‚


February 6- I’m Really Good At

ummm…this is going to be hard -__-

  1. helping others
  2. keeping a planner
  3. remembering birthdays [my husband always forgets mine (οΏ£ οΏ£|||); but then again, he can’t remember anyone else’s either ┐( ̄~ ̄)β”Œ ]
  4. staying organized (most of the time)
  5. being aesthetic
  6. keeping an open mind
  7. stepping into other’s shoes
  8. getting easily scared by even the littlest of things (like that one time my grandma came out of the laundry room and my heart skipped a few beats | β—― β€Έ β—― |…Β  Hey! In all fairness, she was wearing a white sari╏ α“€ γ€œ α“‚ ╏)

February 4- A challenge I’ve overcome

A challenge I’ve overcome is my nervousness. Well… I haven’t totally overcome it. It’s more like an ongoing process. In truth, I’m overcoming it every day, more or less; some days better than others. I guess in a sense, you could say that I’ve gotten better at it in terms of controlling it. It was worse when I was a child. I wasn’t born with it. It developed after I became a victim of bullying in 2nd grade.

I wouldn’t say I was talkative as a child, but I wasnt afraid of speaking either. But after my stuttering developed, I was afraid to even open my mouth. My stuttering has come and gone. In situations where I felt comfortable, no one would be able to tell that I even had a stutter. When I talk with my brothers, I speak normally, no stuttering in sight. However, when I’m in situations I’m not comfortable with such as meeting new people, presentations 😒, phone calls 😒😒 (even though I’m afraid of talking to people, I would still rather talk in person rather than talk to someone over the phone), etc. It’s hard but hey!, it’s life. Yes, I get angtsy at times because I’m nervous. Yes, I might want to throw in the towel every now and then. And yes!, sometimes I might have to actually throw in the towel and admit defeat. But I won’t let that stop me from doing what I love the most. Teaching!