As soon as I started walking, I knew something was wrong. The slam of the trunk door was unnervingly final. I looked down at my hands.
Notebook, highlighter, camera, phone...something very important was missing.
You know you're in the right mindset for school to start when you lock your keys in your trunk...I feel like I get into the most stereotypical unfortunate situations. First dropping my phone down a storm drain in the spring, now locking my keys in the car...
But I've met the kindest people through these mishaps. One was a complete stranger who donated hours of his day to help me fish my phone out. Today was a nice park ranger who pried the door open with a fancy set of "secret" tools.
And through all of my emotional debacles, you guys have been seriously awesome to me. Thank you. We had a nice chat last week and now both of us feel much more at peace. We're both beginning new chapters of our lives--he his freshman year of college, me my senior year of high school. But we're equipped to face the life's challenges with the assurance that we have a friend in each other.
"Gosh darn it! We forgot to make a wish!" Candace exclaimed a few moments after we witnessed the shooting star.
"Ah! Oh no!" I sputtered dramatically, "Let's make one now!"
It usually takes me an eternity to make a decision. But this time my heart reached a conclusion as quickly as the silvery light had streaked by.
I wish he and I could be friends again.
I'm beginning to believe that it's coming true. Like for many things, only time will tell.
'Tis the last batch of senior photos...for now hehe. I'd like to be able to snap a few shots with my violin. I'm also looking into investing in a zoom or portrait lens.
The dress is one I happened upon at Forever 21 about a month ago. It would be a perfect formal dance dress, but personally I've never enjoyed the dance scene much. In my last narrative about the last night of cross country camp, I realized I should've written: The flames were dancing...while we weren't.
Sigh. Just another to add to my collection of formal dresses--each time I stumble upon a bargain, I snap it up. I've amassed a total of three formal dresses for under $15 each that I've yet to wear out. Shhh, don't tell about my clothes collector habits (;
Surprisingly, I've no tales of shooting stars or any intentions of waxing philosophical today. It's the last day of summer for me--back to the swing of school, cross country, and orchestra. Often times I feel deeply unsettled before the start of school. Nothing life-changing happened. I didn't do anything remotely extraordinary. A couple thoughts I remember lamenting last year.
But for some reason, this summer is different.
"Now that I think about it Lily, this summer wasn't that great," My best friend said thoughtfully in the car as we embarked on a last summer adventure.
"I think part of it is that we expect so much out of it. When we have such high expectations, it's too easy to fall short."
Every year there a few things I can't check off my summer to-do list. This year, for example, I had planned to make two covers over the summer, but I only completed one. I had hoped to road trip to observe breathtaking meteor showers. And like always, I had hoped to do something life-changing.
But instead, this summer my family drove hundreds of miles in pursuit of my future at various colleges. Instead, this summer I played at my English and History teachers' wedding. This summer, I ate fried zucchini. This summer, I told my best guy friend that I had feelings for him. This summer, I learned more about who I am at a leadership conference. This summer, I ran thirteen miles without stopping. This summer, I saw a shooting star. This summer, I geared up for my final, terrifying, exhilarating year of high school.
This summer, I lived.
I may not be around as much now. I may not be able to stalk *cough* read your blogs as closely. I may not be able to reply to every comment. But I promise to keep you updated. I may go poof! sporadically these upcoming months because of college applications, but I promise to be back.
I promise to come back with a vengeance.
Until then, my friends.