Monday, January 09, 2006

Time Line Meme

Forgive me for two meme's within a week. It's the last one for a while I promise! This one was fun for me... if you do it please let me know. I so enjoyed reading the year in review ones.

25 years ago: I was one. In Miami. Remember nada. But I heard it was a great year :)

20 years ago: I was 6 and in first grade. Alberto, the kid who sat next to me spilled glue all over my hand and then told the teacher I was playing with glue. I had to sit in time out. It sounds silly but when I see movies with people being framed I feel the frustration I felt then. Later Alberto, in a sincere attempt at apology stole a deer pencil sharpener from the "treasure box" for me. Yes, later the sharpener was discovered in my desk... *sigh*

15 Years ago: I was 11. Still in Miami, last year of elementary school at my school was 6th grade. Very grateful that these years were finally ending. I still vividly remember thinking... I'm in 6th grade. I'm halfway done. The span of time until graduation seemed painfully long.

10 Years ago: 16, My "thing" was writing poetry. I felt so deep and inspired all the time. My greatest inspirations I can still vividly remember were in accounting class. It is when your mind is most empty of all thought that you tap into your greatest creativity after all :) Around this age I was at my most spiritual. I yearn for that. Insh'allah.

5 years ago: I was 21. I just finished my masters filled with wonderful educational theories ready to start my first year teaching. I still remember the second day of school. Me and these 27 children in a dinky portable. I still remember three children jumping on their desks.... paper airplanes flying... spitballs landing... I remember standing admist the chaos...helpless.... mentally calculating how quickly I could pack up my things and turn in my resignation as I ran out the door! Luckily my mother talked me down, gave me some old fashioned advice from her tried and true methods (she's a teacher also). I still remember how "Michelle Pfieffer" from "Dangerous Minds" I felt walking in on day 3.... luckily my mom's advice worked... day 3 onwards I had no problems with them. alhamdullilah.

3 years ago: I was 23. Still a newlywed in a cozy two bedroom apartment. Falling in love with the snow and two weeks later completely OVER IT. Saddened by the absolutely wretched job market for teachers, and with way too much free time, creating oodles of scrapbooks. At this time we didnt know how long we'd be in Michigan.. the wide expanse depressed me.... maybe if I knew it was only to be about a year... I'd have reveled in being a housewife :)

1 year ago: I was 25. Started law school part-time (which meant FOUR classes) and taught the most amazing bunch of 2nd graders that ever existed. Bought a house that we walked into and immediately offered on because it was everything we wanted.

This year: I turned 26 in September. I'm a full time student at law school. I feel this is the first year that I'm learning more about who I am and "finding me". I dont know how to explain that... but the process has been long and I'm glad self understanding is closer at hand. Know thyself and thou shall know the world.

Yesterday: Lunch at cheesecake factory followed by a very "Larry David" moment from "Curb Your Enthusiasm (fabulous show btw which we watched that night). Went grocery shopping with Kashif which began as groceries for some beef leu mein.... but turned into a "buy one get one free" frenzy as brownies, baked lays, and sip up's filled the cart. It was a meal fit for a five year old's fantasies! :).

Today: Slept in... the lovely sort of sleeping in when you know there's nothing pressing you ought to be doing instead... drank lots of chai and did lots of cleaning to start the semester fresh. I believe the physical condition of your home reflects your inner condition. Tried to make it as organized, clean and orderly as possible. Watched desperate housewives and made beef leu mein... yummy if I do say so myself.

Tomorrow: Whenever I give plans for tomorrow I can't help but remember the saying "If you want to give your Sustainer a good laugh, tell him your plans for the future"... khair... the plan is to start law school. Civil Procedure II, Trademarks and Growth Management here I come!


The Girl Who said...

Found you somehow or another.. Just wanted to say hello!

Marel Lecone said...

Wow. This was a great meme--you write it all down so well that it makes for an even better list. Hope your break was refreshing. And, here's to a happy start to a new semester. :)

momyblogR said...

Ah, 16 and in Accounting. Please, I failed the class and never felt moved to do anything in there except RUN out!

Maybe I should have tried putting my pen on some paper. However, at that time I was neither deep or spiritual. I was a crazy teenager living the life in South Florida. LOL! :)

Aisha said...

thegirlwho: hello:) welcome!

marel, long time no see! :) Thanks for your well wishes.

momyblogr, i had to take accounting in my school it was mandatory and it was awful. for better or worse i had *very* protective folks so didn't have a chance to do the crazy teen life... so what other alternative did I have but to be a pensive teen? :)

Tee said...

Sounds like you're clear headed and ready for the year ahead :)

I loved your story about 1st grade. LOL. That's hilarious.

As for age 26 - I think this must be the age of "finding yourself" because I've felt this year of my life has been full of days of delving into who I am, more so than any other year.

mayya said...

lol@ alberto
It'll be cool if you ended up teaching his kids, or your kids end up sitting next to his kids and taking revenge

Shabina said...

Why am I not surprised that you and I both have bdays in Sept?

Cheesecake factory? YUM!

"I believe the physical condition of your home reflects your inner condition." --> I think we finally differ on something, my friend :)

Anisa said...

great post...i enjoyed all the insights! i'll steal this one soon! :)

momyblogR said...

Over protective...better or worse? Nobody gets a manual when starting a family, unfortunately. However, we are all a product of our up bringing. I have a strong feeling that your folks are absolutely amazing people. :):)

Champ - Love Hound said...

Slow Start ---> Hard Work ---> Success. It's simply Life.

I hope you 're doin' good. Do visit me.
God bless you....

Mia said...

Veryyy very nice. These meme's really do allow us all to get to know each other. I have done the meme as well.

Good luck with school!

Aisha said...

Mommyblogr, lol you're right... there is no manual.. you do the best with what you got... i give my parents major kudos for learning the new country they found themselves in and raising children whose cultura was in many ways significantly distant from their own. Also... when I complain they smile and say "yeah... but you were the first...." I guess I'll know the feeling someday soon :)

Boxin Champ :) Good point.

Mia.. can't wait to check it out! :)

Obese Girl said...

(God permit) You can do it!

U go girl!

Baji said...

Break tine's over, phooey!! Eid Mubarak, Aisha

mystic-soul said...

It was a cute post.. God bless you ever !!... Eid mubarak

~ruthie said...

i posted this on my site.

Brava Valentia said...

21 and already got ur masters !! mashallah waaay you go giiirrrl ;-)

wish you all the best in law school

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