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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ice Cream for Everyone!

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The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. ~Eric Hoffer, Reflections On The Human Condition

It’s a miracle!

Really, miracle is the only word that can possibly apply.

It’s 10pm, I got the official word about the miracle at about 7:30pm and I am still basking in the miraculous glow.

I think what makes the miracle so much more exciting is that I really was convinced that it was never going to happen for me – I just didn’t have what it took.. Oh, I was trying hard – really, I was. But it had just been such a long time since I’d done anything like this and to be honest, I wasn’t that great at it the last time I had to do it. Ebay was nice (and patient) enough to put a lot of time helping me and coaching me and encouraging me. But every single time I thought I was there, I thought I was ready I would put myself out there and….failure. Well, maybe failure is too strong a word, but certainly not as much success as it was going to take for the miracle I needed to happen.

And I really did need it to happen. I really needed to get this monkey off my back. This needed to happen and it needed to happen soon so that I could relax and think about other things. There are other areas of my life that need some attention and I can’t be spending every free moment on this one thing. But even though I was working on it every day and spending all the time I could, I just didn’t feel like it was happening, it didn’t seem to be getting easier – was it really this hard or am I really just this pathetic?

But today between the hours of 4pm and 7pm (after a considerable amount of praying I don’t mind telling you) a window opened and, to quote The Wizard of Oz one more time…a miracle occurred. Somehow I was able to recollect, recall and reason – not everything – but just enough to effect a miracle.

I am so relieved. I am wading – no swimming in a big pool of relief. I keep thinking about that line from Dickens "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man." I feel like going out and buying myself a big ice cream cone (or maybe even shoes) because I rock!

I rock because I passed my final exam this afternoon and finally finished my College Algebra Class - behold the miracle.

P.S. And Ebay Rocks too!! I couldn’t have done it without his help – he was the voice inside my head reminding me about the Pythagorean Theorem and the Evil Denominators.

What the hell, Ice Cream for EVERYONE!!


Shawna said...

I remember all too well how confused I was in my high school algebra class (where I barely scraped past). I spent years worrying about how I'd have to struggle with it all over again in college and kept putting off registering for that class... what a feeling of relief to change schools and find my college did not require algebra for my specific degree!

I sometimes tell myself that I shouldn't allow algebra to defeat me and that I should really try taking a class....but then my rational brain takes over, smacks me over the head and I come to my senses.

Hearty congrats....from someone who is (at the moment) grateful for not having to be put in your shoes!

diane rene said...

WOOHOO! that is definitely reason to celebrate! congratulations :)

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GaeLynn said...

Yay!!!!!!!! Congratulations!

Richard & Natalie said...

Congratulations, Mel! Being mathematically challenged myself, that is a huge accomplishment. Way to go!

BTW- I had ice cream twice yesterday- thanks for giving me a reason to be so gluttonous.

Lori said...

Yay, you! Congratulations--that is a relief. I love that feeling of finally completing the last assignment in a course, knowing you're DONE, FINIS, and you've SUCCEEDED...it's wonderful. Good for you.

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