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21 September 2009 @ 10:59 pm
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college is tough. between being overwhelmed by the simple thought of growing up, the amount of schoolwork and all of the new expenses that pop up, finding a shining light is pretty tough. i know i've been having a tough time with the transition, and today i found out firsthand that i'm not the only one.

on my way to my italian class, i had to use the bathroom. as i was finishing up, about to unlatch the stall's lock and head to class, i heard a girl come in and start sobbing.

i didn't know what to do, so i stayed put, trying to give the girl privacy until either she calmed down or i gathered the courage to come help her. i didn't have to, though. the door opened again, and i heard someone ask if the girl was okay.

the girl tried to brush it off and said she was fine, that it was nothing. the girl didn't say anything; she just waited. for a second, i thought maybe she'd left.

but then the crying girl started talking. apparently, her family was having a hard time financially. they'd been building a house out in the middle of nowhere, but they didn't have to funds to keep building while paying a mortgage. they wouldn't accept help from anyone, and she was going to have to get out of the dorms to save money and probably would end up leaving college altogether.

the girl offered her a place to stay, assuring her that the two people she lived with would be fine with it and that everything would be okay. she gave the girl her number and told her that she completely understood how she felt and that she'd felt the same way her sophomore year. apparently, they'd both been in the same class and when the first girl had left, the second girl followed her. they didn't even know each others' names.

the way the girl offered her home and her own story to someone she didn't know brings me close to tears. it was beautiful to witness, even from behind the door of a bathroom stall.

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Tatyanalil_miss_ana on November 11th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
This story is beautiful
it brought me to tears <3