These pics are of Stephanie (who just wrote me this beautiful note (which follows--she really gets you down) on Facebook and another of Travis (on the far right) standing next to Chan's brother Tanner.
Title--: I'm lame
Hey Sister Morgan, This is a note to tell you how lame I am with good-byes. Something about the military fixed me for life as a nomad who can't cover-up her tracks in the snow. I wanted to let you know how much working at the writing center has meant to me. I am grateful beyond measure for that opportunity. It was the first job I actually enjoyed--probably because it is more than a job. Even though I know I can't write very well, I felt like I was surrounded with kindred spirits (who also live independently from time and deadlines). I learned something from all of you.
Meghan is the perfect balance of kindness and professionalism, she knows how to get the job done. Jacob is a diligent worker and He and Alyssa are such a stabilizing influence. I hope to be as pure as Alyssa someday. Ivor is an example of living life with passion, something I hope to get the guts to do if I ever let myself feel that deeply about anything. Dan and Kiersten's logic astound me, yet despite their intelligence they are so down-to-earth. Danny and Sarah strive daily to live by the spirit--so humble despite being so talented. Katie and Brittany are a lot deeper than I first thought they were. I wish I could have gotten to know them better, but I learned that outward appearances are so misleading. I wish I could have had more sessions with Katie; I would have learned a lot more. Her ability to discern a patron's need and clarify a paper is astounding. I love Brittany's subtle humor; no doubt she will be an asset to the center. Matt is just Matt. I wish I could relate to
people as easily as he does. I also need to take criticism as humbly. Thanks for being the scapegoat. Miriam and I had a writing class together the semester before I started working at the Center; I have never met someone so virtuous and without guile. I feel that I can relate to Matty who reminds me a lot of myself growing-up. I wish I could be that humble again. I knew Adam before I knew Rebeckah, but I could not see a more flawless match for her. She takes the initiative in befriending people and is so honest with herself. I also wish I could have gotten to know Kaitlyn better, I think we could all due to know Kaitlyn better. There is something deeper there I haven't discovered yet. You know how to pick 'em sister Morgan; It's not fair to hog so much of the school's talent in one department.
Most of all I have learned from you. I have never met someone who maintains a balance between being truly open-minded and living the gospel. You have an earnest desire to learn about people and you care about them more than in a superficial way. Honestly, during my first seminar I didn't know what to think. In an effort to understand your mind, I drew that diagram. I don't think it can ever be thoroughly understood ;-) As you shared pieces of your life with us, my respect grew... that one person could endure so much and still remain faithful...I hope to become such a spiritual giant. Seminars became my own "Tuesdays with Morrie". Life lessons to take to the bank. Thank you for seeing something in me; I have been given a glimpse of who I want to become.
I wish I didn't always breeze through life.I'm horrible at keeping in touch. I make so many friendships and assume it will just continue the way it was when we meet in the celestial kingdom, so everyone better be there. I feel like I have divided my heart and left pieces in England, Germany, Japan, and scattered throughout the US. I think being perfect means being whole. I look forward to being whole again.
I don't know exactly what I'm doing from here, probably Camp Anasazi then grad school. I'll do my best to keep you posted.
Thanks again and Merry Christmas!