Christmas Eve Cheer

Yesterday was the only day I go to school this week and next, and guess what? I get a package. There’s no one on campus, no one in the department, except me.

“It’s either work or an important Christmas card,” I tell Mr. Fedex.

“It’s from a CB,” the delivery dude said and looked at me in anticipation.

Aaah, CB. A former student who graduated a year ago. She’s was as cute as a button, and as sharp as a tack. One of the best and most insightful student I had in my Lit in Translation course. She often came to office hours to say “hi” and chat a bit, and we got to know each other pretty well considering that she never studied anything else related to Japan. She told me that she wanted to invite me to a “distinguished student dinner” last year, but refrained as it conflicted with my late class. I ended up going anyway when another student asked me. I never pass up a free dinner.

Anyway, the last thing I remember of CB was at the end of Finals period last year. She came by the office to say “good-bye” and that she enjoyed the classes from her “favorite teacher.” We hugged and she left for bigger and better things on the West Coast.

“Ah, my girlfriend in California,” I smiled at the delivery dude.

He grinned as I signed for the package, and he descended down the hall seemingly pleased at the thought he was delivering joy instead of work over the holiday season.

I knew better, of course. As any experienced professor could have easily deduced, inside the package was a request for a letter of recommendation. *sigh*

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

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