This has been a nice week. I had the pleasure of taking my former supervisor out to lunch and reflect with him about everything that's happened since the lay off. I've made amends with him and for that I'm grateful. He is not only my former supervisor, he is also my friend. I also had a chance to eat some yummy Chinese food that I haven't eaten for months! When I walked up to him before heading to the restaurant, he smiled and gave me a hug. After the hug he said, "It's so good to see you without the cane Dara!" That meant so much, because he knows my journey and how much I wanted to be able to walk again. Plus his smile always make me smile. While having lunch, I shared my love for teaching and how much I missed it. He shared with me that he always saw me as a leader. I never saw myself as one. I think he was surprised to hear me say that, because he says, "You're so good at it." I admit, I tend not to see my strengths and don't take credit for what I do. I'm very modest, but appreciate the great compliment.
Afterwards, I went back to the office with him and surprised my co-workers. I say co-workers but actually they're my friends. It felt good to see them all, most of them I haven't seen since last June. We talked, laughed, and enjoyed each others company. I stayed there the rest of the afternoon. I saw a former student of mine (now friend) whom I haven't seen in almost two years! We hugged and yelled "I missed you" in the hallway. I hope we didn't disturb any one's work. We talked for a while and made plans to hangout soon. She and I instantly became friends while I was her teacher years ago. Her personality is very free-spirited and confident. I love this trait about her. Also, I was impressed by how much her English improved! She told me I was her first American teacher since living in the U.S., and that I helped build her confidence. I'm honored to know that. Later that evening, I went out with my friend where we had sushi and I tried an apple martini for the first time! It was so good, but since I don't drink it went to my head fast. Thank goodness for the sushi and water! I enjoy being in her company and always gain insight on certain things when talking to her. I appreciate the evening out, it's been awhile since I've had that. I'm now more determined to do this more. I want to go out whether it's by myself or with friends.